Man sues for allegedly being a victim of pedophile priest

Man sues for allegedly being a victim of pedophile priest

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Another victim of a popular South Side priest has come forward with allegations that he was sexually abused.

Darryl McArthur says Daniel McCormack abused him when he was a little boy and he's coming forward now to bring attention to these unspeakable actions.

He's 27 years old now but Darryl McArthur says his innocence was taken away when he was 10 years old. McArthur grew up on Chicago's South Side in the St. Ailbe Parish.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, McArthur says Daniel McCormack, his former catholic priest, abused him while he was attending baptism classes from 1994 to 1996. McArthur says he's been silent and hiding behind the shame for decades. 

"I want Daniel McCormack and the archdiocese to be held accountable," McArthur said. "I represent and appreciate the privacy of being a John Doe but my name is Darryl McArthur and I feel it's time to put a stop to this culture of secrecy in the Catholic Church."

McArthur says Daniel McCormack was his priest. He helped him out as an altar boy and during baptisms. As a child, McArthur says he trusted McCormack because he was his coach.

"With his skills as being a basketball coach and a good football coach, you know he excelled in…showing…kids how to become pretty good athletes and that's how I was lured in," McArthur explained. 

Daniel McCormack was sentenced to five years in prison in 2007 after he was charged with abusing boys in a parish on Chicago's West Side. When McCormack came up for parole in 2010, it was denied because prosecutors say he is still a threat. 

The Chicago archdiocese has already agreed to settle these cases against their former priest.

Darryl McArthur's attorneys have already filed suit and they say they're now working on a settlement.

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