Former Priest Pleads Guilty To Additional Charges Related To Sex Assaults In Mass.

A former high-ranking Catholic priest found guilty last November of repeatedly raping a boy at an Ipswich summer camp pleaded guilty in court Monday to an additional charge that he sexually assaulted another young boy at the same camp, officials said.

According to Essex district attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan, the ex-Rev. Richard McCormick, 74, pleaded guilty in Salem Superior Court to a charge of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 in exchange for McCormick agreeing to not pursue the statute of limitations appeal on the alleged rape.

At age 71, McCormick was arrested inside his residence and workplace, the Salesian Brothers of Don Bosco facility in New Rochelle, New York, and later found guilty on charges he took a boy from a dormitory and raped him in an office at the now-closed Salesian Brothers' Sacred Heart Retreat House — a summer camp — in the early 1980s. He currently is serving eight to 10 years in prison in that case.

McCormick has been given another eight- to 10-year sentence to be served concurrently with his original sentence and without credit for time served, according to Kimball Monahan. This effectively makes his prison sentence begin Monday.

With additional reporting from The Associated Press

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