Ex-Priest Doesn't Want "Sexually Violent Persons" Label

Daniel McCormack served two years of five-year sentence

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Nov 19, 2009  |  Updated 8:00 PM CDT
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A defrocked priest and convicted sex offender is fighting the state's attempt to label him a sexually violent person.

Attorneys for Daniel McCormack, who served just two years of a five-year sentence for sexually abusing five boys, filed a motion Thursday hoping to thwart efforts to have him confined to a state treatment facility, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Victims in September made a public plea to Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan not to release Daniel McCormack on house arrest -- asking instead to have him committed under Illinois' Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act.

The law allows judges to keep sexual offenders locked up in a secure treatment facility until they are deemed to no longer be a threat to the public.

Earlier this month, a judge denied McCormack's request to close the courtroom and seal the records in his detention hearing.

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