July 27, 2012: The District Attorney’s Office has charged 56 year old Andrew McCormick with Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Statutory Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Corrupting the Morals of a Minor, Indecent Assault, and Indecent Exposure, for the sexual assault of a ten year old boy in 1997. McCormick was a priest at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg when the abuse happened. After the incident happened, the defendant tried to ensure that the victim would not tell anyone about the abuse by telling the boy, “Masturbation is a sin, homosexuality is a sin, pre-marital sex is a sin and lying is a sin.”
After years of silence, the victim contacted the police department’s Special Victims Unit in December of 2011 to report the crime. SVU along with the District Attorney’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit then began the investigation and McCormick was arrested last night, Thursday, July 26, 2012. He was arraigned this afternoon and bail was set at $150,000. McCormick is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on August 17, 2012. The court took away his passport and he is not allowed contact with the victim, children or youth involved with the ministry, volunteer work or any charities.
“I applaud the courage of this young man,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “He was able to do what, sadly, so many other victims of sexual abuse have not been able to do; come forward and tell the police. As we have learned over the years, it is extremely difficult for sexual abuse victims to admit that the assault happened, and then to actually report the abuse to authorities can be even harder for them. But with every new sexual assault arrest and conviction, like the historic conviction of Monsignor Lynn, we hope more victims will come forward.”
Before St. John Cantius, McCormick served as priest at St. Adalbert in Port Richmond, St. Bede the Venerable in Holland, Pennsylvania and most recently Sacred Heart in Swedesburg, Pennsylvania. If anyone has any more information on Andrew McCormick they are urged to contact the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251/3265 or the District Attorney’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit at 215-686-8080.