The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, October 19, 2009
Ex-priest wants court hearings closed to public; Sex abuse victims respond
Statement by Barbara Blaine of SNAP, 312 399 4747
When he chose to molest boys and devastate young lives, McCormack gave up his claims to 'privacy.'
We hope that Cardinal George, who so often claims to support 'openness' in clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, will speak out against this proven serial predator's move to hide court proceedings from the public.
Only two people benefit from secrecy about McCormack's crimes - McCormack himself and Cardinal George.
We hope the judge will err on the side of transparency, not secrecy.
Ex-priest wants court hearings closed to public
October 19, 2009
Attorneys representing a convicted former priest moved today to keep the court proceedings related to an effort to have him committed under a state sexual offender law closed to the public.
Authorities have filed a petition to have Daniel McCormack sent to a state facility. The Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act allows prosecutors to seek continued incarceration if a psychological exam leads them to believe another sex crime is likely if the inmate goes free.
The hearing today in Cook County court was attended by only one member of the news media, a Tribune reporter who before the hearing ended stood and requested time to consult counsel.
McCormack, 40, pleaded guilty in July 2007 to abusing five boys and was sentenced to five years in prison. Some victims were members of the basketball team he coached, while others were friends of boys who attended Our Lady of the West Side School, where McCormack taught algebra.
A medical evaluation indicated that McCormack fits the criteria for civil commitment based on the number of victims, his "offending pattern," and the fact that he molested a child after law enforcement brought him in for questioning regarding initial allegations, according to officials in Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan's office.
McCormack, who is currently in the custody of the state Department of Human Services, appeared in court today in a tan shirt, blue jeans and running shoes. He was shackled at the ankles.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests