UPDATE:: Judge rules ex-Chicago priest Daniel McCormack sexually violent
A Cook County judge ruled Friday that former Chicago priest Daniel McCormack is a sexually violent person and should remain indefinitely in a state facility for sex offenders.
UPDATE:: Hearing today on whether ex-priest who molested boys should be locked up indefinitelyCook County prosecutors have dropped an aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge against a former Chicago priest because the alleged victim stopped cooperating.
Now, almost eight years after McCormack completed his prison term, Illinois prosecutors want him declared a sexually violent person under a little-known and controversial state law that could keep the disgraced former priest indefinitely committed to a state facility with other sex offenders.
A hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Judge Dennis Porter's courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
The proceedings to keep McCormack committed have been on hold for nearly eight years — an extraordinarily long time even by the standards of the sometimes-glacial pace at the county's main criminal courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue.
Part of the delay, according to the attorney general's office, was due to the filing in 2014 of a new criminal charge of sex abuse against McCormack by a sixth alleged victim, but two years later, the charge was dropped when the accuser stopped cooperating.
They dismissed the charge Wednesday against Daniel McCormack, who pleaded guilty to multiple child sex abuse charges in 2007 and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was removed from the priesthood.
McCormack also was arrested in 2014 in a 2005 case involving a 10-year-old alleged victim at a West Side parish, but prosecutors say as the case progressed in the courts, the victim stopped cooperating with them.
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