$3.2M settlement in Chicago priest sex abuse case

November 15, 2011 (CHICAGO)

The name of the plaintiff, a boy who was abused between the ages of 10 and 12 by McCormack, has not been released. Attorneys spoke on his behalf through a statement released Tuesday, "We are pleased to have reached this settlement because it marks one more step toward bringing justice to him and his family," said William Martin, a partner at Hilfman & Martin, a Chicago-based law firm that has represented other victims in child sex abuse cases involving the Archdiocese of Chicago and other entities.

The victim sued the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George in 2007 for allegedly failing to remove McCormack from having contact with children even though they had knowledge of the alleged abuse. McCormack was arrested in January 2006 on several counts of criminal sexual assault. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to those charges, which included the plaintiff in this settlement.

AT least two other civil cases are pending against the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal George in connection with McCormack.

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