Sex abuse convict wants court hearings closed to public

In July of 2007, Daniel McCormack pleaded guilty to abusing five boys. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

There is currently an effort to have him committed under a state sexual offender law that could keep him in custody when his sentence expires. That would happen if a psychological exam shows another sex crime could occur when he is released.

McCormack's attorneys want those court proceedings kept private.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says it "hopes the judge will err on the side of transparency."

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