Illinois wants ex-priest committed to facility for sex offenders

(AP) A judge is holding a hearing this week to determine whether a former Chicago priest should remain locked up indefinitely at an Illinois facility for sex offenders.

Daniel McCormack would be a risk to children if released from the Rushville site, according to the attorney general’s office, which is acting under a little-used law.

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 accuser declined to cooperate. The Archdiocese of Chicago has spent millions compensating victims, and more lawsuits are pending.

To have McCormack committed indefinitely, the state would have to prove that he has a mental disorder that makes it likely he would hurt someone again, said Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office. [More]