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Fmr. priest McCormack back in police custody, bond denied

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A Chicago priest convicted in 2007 of molesting five boys is back in police custody again.

Father Daniel McCormack was arrested by Chicago police Wednesday on a new charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The latest victim alleges he was assaulted by the now defrocked priest between September and December of 2005. Officials say the victim in the case is a 10-year-old boy who attended an after school program at St. Agatha's Parish, where McCormack was the priest.

The alleged abuse occurred in separate incidents. In on incident, McCormack reportedly took the boy to a White Sox game and then abused him at his home. The second incident reportedly occurred at the rectory of the parish. At that time, the victim says McCormack told him "not to tell anyone."

“He’s in custody, he’s being processed,” said Police News Affairs Officer Ana Pacheco.

McCormack is expected to appear in bond court for the latest charges on Thursday.

He remains in custody pending a hearing on whether he is declared a sexual deviant person, according to Sally Daly, a spokeswoman with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Chicago Police officers arrested McCormack at a Department of Human Services treatment facility in Rushville, Ill. — about 230 miles southwest of Chicago.

McCormack had been serving his sentence at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling, Ill., until he was paroled to the Rushville facility in 2009, according to Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer.

According to a source, there is an ongoing effort to have McCormack committed indefinitely to state custody under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act. The next hearing on the procedure is June 12.

Nearly two dozen victims have alleged McCormack abused them. Many have sued the Chicago archdiocese for its role in failing to remove McCormack from his duties and allowing him access to children even after victims began reporting the attacks.

The archdiocese settled most of the civil lawsuits for a total of $10-million.

Susan Burritt, a Chicago Archdiocese spokeswoman, said she was unaware of McCormack’s arrest.

“Daniel J. McCormack is no longer a priest. He was laicized in November 2007,” Burritt said in an email, using the formal term for the removal of clerical status.

Survivors of abuse said it should come as no surprise that someone is just now coming forward about an incident from 9 years ago.

Barbara Blaine of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said some victims wait decades to come forward because they are embarrassed and the assaults bring up painful memories.

"We are grateful for the victim and police who are working to get Fr. Daniel McCormack locked up again. He's one of Illinois' most egregious predator priests," said Blaine.

The Chicago archdiocese would not comment on the latest charge levied against the former priest.

Thursday afternoon, McCormack appeared in court. A Cook County judge denied bond for McCormack.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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