Chicago archdiocese to pay sex abuse victim $3.2M

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 3:09 PM
Chicago archdiocese to pay sex abuse victim $3.2M

Attorneys for a victim of convicted pedophile and former Roman Catholic priest Daniel McCormack have reached a $3.2 million settlement with the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George.

Chicago-based law firms Hilfman & Martin and Abels & Annes announced the agreement Tuesday.

The plaintiff was one of five victims McCormack admitted abusing when he pleaded guilty in 2007. The victim was 10 to 12 years old during the abuse.

The lawsuit claimed church leaders failed to keep McCormack away from children even though they knew he'd abused minors.

The archdiocese says the settlement announced Tuesday is the last of five claims to be resolved involving McCormack, who served 2 1/2 years of a five-year sentence. He remains in a mental health facility under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act.