New York Priest Arraigned on Additional Child Rape Charge
Rev. Richard McCormick, 72, formerly of New Rochelle, NY, who is charged with 5 counts of child rape, was arraigned today in Salem Superior Court on an additional count of rape of a child based on allegations of a second victim. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.
Rev. McCormick was indicted on the new child rape charge on March 7, 2013 after a second victim came forward late last year. The new indictment alleges that the defendant raped a child between the ages of 7 and 9 from 1981 to 1983 at the former Retreat Center of the Salesian Brothers in Ipswich, MA.
Judge Timothy Feeley released the defendant on the same conditions on which he was released in the prior case. Those conditions were amended by the court on October 23, 2012 and require that the defendant reside at the Vianney Renewal Center in Missouri; report to Superior Court Probation by telephone once a week and in person on every court appearance; attend each and every court appearance; and not have unsupervised contact with minors. 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) was also issued.
Rev. McCormick is represented by Attorney Stephen Neyman and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. The new case is scheduled for a pre-trial conference and the old case is scheduled for a status hearing on June 5, 2013. Rev. McCormick’s appearance for those hearings was waived by Judge Feeley.