Sexual Abuse Case Settled in Chicago for $12.7M

Sexual Abuse Case Settled in Chicago for $12.7M

A settlement was recently reached in Chicago by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese involving several sexual abuse cases brought against several priests.

The settlement money, $12.7 million, will reportedly go to the victims that filed the lawsuits.

Priests Accused of Abusing Boys

The suits involved 16 boys and the 11 priests they accused of abusing them, including Daniel McCormack, who served as a priest on the West Side of Chicago.

McCormack pleaded guilty last year to sexually abusing five boys and four of the five cases brought against him have been settled.

Since the trial, McCormack has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Settlement Hoped to Bring Closure

Among the other defendants named in the suits were Joseph Bennett, Norbert Maday and Robert Mayer.

“My hope is that these settlements will help the survivors and their families begin to heal and move forward,” says Cardinal Francis George. “I apologize again today to the survivors and their families and to the whole Catholic community.”

These settlements have brought the total number of abuse claims that have been settled by the archdiocese to 250 over the last 30 years.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

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