Ex-priest declared sexually violent, fate yet to be decided

(AP) A former Chicago priest was deemed to be a sexually violent person by a Cook County judge on Friday, but whether he will be held indefinitely in a facility for sex offenders will be decided later.

With Cook County Circuit Judge Dennis Porter’s ruling, Daniel McCormack will remain at the state mental hospital in the southern Illinois town of Rushville or another state institution.

“I have no reasonable doubt that you will engage in future acts of sexual violence,” the judge said, not looking at McCormack.

McCormack has served a five-year sentence for molesting five boys of his West Side congregation. However, the state of Illinois wants him committed indefinitely.

Porter issued the decision on McCormack after hearing closing arguments from lawyers in the case. [More]