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Fr. McCormick To Face Preliminary Hearing In August

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A Philadelphia Archdiocesan priest now faces a preliminary hearing in August after being charged with the sexual assault of a 10 year old altar boy in Philadelphia in 1997.

The defense attorney says McCormick has pleaded NOT guilty during an arraignment and they look forward to defending against this 15-year-old set of facts.

The alleged victim came forward late last year and went to police.

Special Victim's unit Captain John Darby says current events played a role in his decision.

"News coverage of things going on out at Penn State and investigations involving other priests in this area, I think brings it all out again, certainly brings the nightmare, the horror of all this back to the individual and the family, but ultimately it also prompts him to come forward. And, by the way I will add, concern for other children," said Darby.

Authorities say they suspect there could be more victims...and they are urging anyone with information of alleged misconduct to come forward.

Another local priest is charged with sexual abuse and authorities suspect there could be more victims.

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