Another Philadelphia Priest Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

Just days after the groundbreaking verdict was handed down against Monsignor William Lynn, a suspended Philadelphia priest has been been arrested on charges of sexual assault against a 10-year-old altar boy. The Rev. Andrew McCormick, one of more than two dozen Roman Catholic priests suspended last year for possible child misconduct, was arrested late last week at his parents' home. 

The arrest involved an incident that occurred at a Northeast Philadelphia church in 1997, according to published reports. During a news conference, District Attorney Seth Williams said McCormick had begun "grooming" the boy earlier that year, and Williams said there are indications that the priest had also groomed several other altar boys at the church. 

The victim, who is now a young man, said he came forward because news coverage of the Penn State and Philadelphia Catholic church's sex abuse cases had brought back memories of his own abuse. Williams has noted in the past that it is important for victims who come forward to contact the police, not the church. He is encouraging any other victims to come forward. 

McCormick was ordered held on $150,00 bail. He has been charged with indecent sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of a minor. His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 17. 




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