New McCormack Victim Goes Public

Numerous sexual abuse claims have been filed against the Archdiocese of Chicago by victims of convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack, however, there was a new development yesterday.  A 27 year old man, Darryl McArthur, filed suit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, alleging that he was molested by the former priest when he was at St. Ailbe Parish, starting in 1994.  Many lawsuits against the Archdiocese have been filed in the Circuit Court for similar allegations, but all of the victims have elected to file under a pseudonym, John Doe.  This is not uncommon in molestation cases.  To date, none of the abuse cases involving McCormack have proceeded to trial.  They have all been settled.  The first one which is scheduled for trial is set for April, 2014.  The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander currently has lawsuits pending in the Circuit Court for six different victims.  These victims were either abused while at St. Agatha's Parish or at St. Ailbe's.  A number of the victims were involved in an aftercare program, known as SAFE.  Most of those victims have attempted to settle their claims through a mediation process known as the Advisory Panel, but they have not yet been resolved.  McCormack pled guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five victims.