Illinois wants ex-priest at facility for sex offenders

Sep 5, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - State prosecutors say a former Chicago priest should remain locked up at an Illinois facility for sex offenders.

A judge is holding a hearing Wednesday on a request to have Daniel McCormack declared a sexually violent person. He could be committed indefinitely to a state facility in Rushville.

Daniel McCormack is shown leaving a Chicago court in 2006.
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In 2007, McCormack pleaded guilty to molesting five boys and was sentenced to five years in prison. Charges in a separate case were dropped in 2016 after the alleged victim declined to cooperate. 

Maura Possley, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, says McCormack poses a danger to children if released. He has been detained at the Rushville facility, which is run by the Department of Human Services.  McCormack's attorney declined to comment.