Sex abuse lawsuits against former monsignor may be reinstated

LINCOLN — Lawsuits involving child sex abuse allegations against a former Catholic monsignor from Lincoln may be reinstated after being thrown out by a judge in 2007.

A new appellate court ruling involves legal complaints by individuals who claim that Norman Goodman sexually abused them from 1975 to 1979 while a priest at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln.

In 2007, about 10 similar cases filed against various clergy — including the Goodman cases — were thrown out when Peoria County Circuit Judge Kevin Galley ruled the victims had waited too long to file charges.

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