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September 1, 2012

Priest accused of rape

McCormick pleads not guilty to assaults on boy at summer camp


MacDougall pointed out to the judge that there is a Salesian all-boys high school 100 yards from McCormick’s residence. Feeley ordered McCormick to stay away from that school.

Dumais could not secure the $1,000 in cash for bail by a 1 p.m. deadline, so McCormick was taken to Middleton Jail. Dumais said yesterday that he hoped to raise the bail money soon.

Dumais said in court that he is also the victim assistance coordinator for the Salesians in his province and that he was “kind of torn in different ways” by the allegations against McCormick. He said he drove 3

1/2 hours from New Rochelle to support McCormick in court.

Speaking with the media outside of the courthouse, Dumais said, “I support (McCormick) with a full heart, but I support the victim with a full heart, as well.”

“It’s a family, and when family’s in trouble, you try to support them as best you can,” Dumais said.

McCormick was represented in court by attorney Steve Neyman. McCormick is due back in court for a pretrial conference on Oct. 23.

The Salesians are the second-largest Catholic religious order in the world, founded by St. John Bosco, an Italian priest, in 1859 to serve poor and abandoned children.

The three men who settled with the Salesians in 2009 maintained they were abused by McCormick during the late 1970s when they were students at the now-closed Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen, N.Y., where McCormick served as director for several years.

In 2002, McCormick resigned from teaching at St. Petersburg Catholic High School in Florida after a female student complained that he greeted her with a kiss and a hug in a school hallway.

After the 2009 allegations surfaced, the Salesians said they had “suspended Father McCormick from public ministry and unsupervised contact with minors pending review by our Provincial Review Board.” The order noted that the 2009 settlement did not admit or deny liability.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

Material from The Associated Press and The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., was used in this report.

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