For Immediate Release - August 31, 2012

New York Priest Arraigned on Child Rape Charges

Rev. Richard McCormick, 71 of 148 East Main Street, New Rochelle, NY, was arraigned today in Salem Superior Court on 5 counts of rape of a child.  He pled not guilty to the charges.

Rev. McCormick was arrested in New Rochelle yesterday by Ipswich Police on an indictment warrant that was issued on August 24, 2012.  The indictments were sought following a year-long joint investigation conducted by the Essex District Attorney’s Office and the Ipswich Police Department which was initiated after the alleged victim approached the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall requested $75,000 cash bail, arguing that Rev. McCormick has minimal ties to Massachusetts.  She told the court that the alleged victim attended a summer camp at the Retreat Center of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Ipswich.    During the summers of 1981 and 1982, Rev. McCormick allegedly raped the male victim.  (The retreat center was located on County Road in Ipswich and is no longer there.)

Judge Timothy Feeley released the defendant on $1,000 cash bail and ordered that he continue to live at the Provincial Residence of the Salesians at 148 East Main Street in New Rochelle, NY; that he report to Superior Court Probation by telephone once a week and in person on every court appearance, that he attend each and every court appearance, that he have no unsupervised contact with minors and that he have no contact or be present at a high school located near the Provincial Residence.  Judge Feeley further ordered that Rev. Steve Dumais, serve as custodian of the defendant to ensure he adheres to the pre-trial release conditions.  He also issued a bail warning (meaning that if the defendant violates any of the conditions or fails to appear in court, he can be held without bail for up to 60 days.)

Rev. McCormick is represented by Attorney Steve Neyman and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.  He must appear at Salem Superior Court on October 23, 2012 for a pre-trial conference.