News about the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal continues to grab headlines in Chicago.
Three men filed suit against one of the thirty priests named in named in the documents recently released by the Archdiocese of Chicago last month.
Among the victims’ allegations is that former priest Norman Mayday sometimes worked in tandems with a predator Boy Scout leader who volunteered with the church. That man, Thomas Hacker had already been convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor when he volunteered at the same Oak Lawn church where Mayday was then working.
The two men allegedly touched and fondled two of individuals bringing the lawsuit on car trips and other outings. One of the men, identified in court documents only as John Doe 3, said he felt the two men targeted boys like him who were being raised by single mothers.
Mayday was convicted in 1994 of molesting two other boys during parish outings. Mayday served part of a 20-year prison sentence in Wisconsin and lives as a registered sex offender there.
Hacker has been in prison in Illinois since the late 1980s for molesting several children there. At one point authorities believed he abused as many as 34 children.
A lawyer for the accusers said the two men worked as a “tag team” victimizing young boys. This is the first time Hacker and Thomas have been named together in a lawsuit.
In other news, one clergy abuse victim won a 3.15 million after he sued the Archdiocese of Chicago for failing to investigate accusations of sexual abuse against former priest Daniel McCormack. McCormack, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault in 2007, has since been defrocked and remains in prison while a petition to keep him committed to state custody under an act that allows continued imprisonment sex offenders is considered by a county judge.
The settlement was awarded to a man who was abused by McCormack during the eighth, eleventh and twelfth grades while the former priest was the basketball coach. The multimillion-dollar settlement was the result of a mediation and was awarded to a man who was abused by McCormack during the eighth, eleventh and twelfth grades while McCormack was his basketball coach.