$50M lawsuit filed against former Chicago priest

CHICAGO — A lawsuit seeking more than $50 million in damages has been filed against the Archdiocese of Chicago and a former priest who was convicted of child molestation.

The lawsuit filed Thursday says the plaintiff developed a “trust relationship” with Daniel McCormack while playing on a basketball team he coached. The lawsuit alleges that McCormack sexually assaulted the plaintiff on one occasion, sometime between 1998 and 2000.

The lawsuit also alleges that the archdiocese was aware of McCormack’s sexual misconduct, but still ordained him.

The archdiocese said in an email to the Associated Press that it doesn’t comment on pending legal matters.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports McCormack has spent time in prison and at a state mental facility for sex offenders since pleading guilty this year to sexually abusing five boys.

–Associated Press

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