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Chicago archdiocese settles lawsuit in priest abuse case

September 25, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who alleges he was abused when he was a boy by a priest.

The man’s attorney said Tuesday the archdiocese agreed to pay $2.9 million to the alleged victim of disgraced former priest Daniel McCormack. The man, who is in his 20s, claims McCormack abused him twice when he attended St. Agatha’s Catholic Church.

McCormack was committed indefinitely in July to an Illinois facility in Rushville for sex offenders, where he has been living since 2009. He completed a five-year sentence that year for molesting five boys in the West Side Chicago parish where he worked as a priest, teacher and basketball coach.

McCormack has been the subject of dozens of allegations of abuse, costing the archdiocese millions of dollars in settlements.

Out of deference to the victim, the archdiocese declined to comment on the settlement.

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