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Defrocked priest arrested for 2005 sex crime

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:14 p.m. CST
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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2006 file photo, the Rev. Daniel McCormack is seen leaving a Chicago court. McCormack, a defrocked Catholic priest and convicted child molester, was arrested Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Chicago for a sex crime that authorities say occurred in 2005. He is to appear in Cook County bond court Thursday. McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to abusing five children and was sentenced to five years in prison.

CHICAGO — A defrocked Catholic priest and convicted child molester is expected in court after being arrested for a sex crime that authorities say occurred in 2005.

Police say Daniel McCormack was arrested Wednesday at a state facility in Rushville. He was arrested on a warrant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child and is to appear in Cook County bond court Thursday.

It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to abusing five children and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was removed from the priesthood.

A Chicago Archdiocese spokeswoman said she's unaware of McCormack's arrest.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says in a statement that McCormack is one of Illinois' "most egregious predator priests."

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