Sex-Abuse Suit Settled
February 15, 1990
An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a Multnomah County Circuit Court civil lawsuit in which a parishioner of St.
John Fisher Parish claimed he was sexually abused by a former priest.
Terms of the settlement are confidential, said James D. Huegli, attorney for the plaintiff. The complaint, filed on behalf of a 25-year old Portland man in September, had asked for more than $2.5 million in general and punitive damages.
The plaintiff alleged that he had been abused over a 14-year period ending in 1988 by the Rev. John Goodrich, former pastor and administrator of the Southwest Portland parish. The complaint said the plaintiff was a former altar boy, student, parishioner and employee of the church between 1972 to 1988.
Goodrich retired in 1988 and later suffered a stroke that left him mentally incapacitated, according to Archbishop William J. Levada. The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon also was a defendant in the suit.
The case was settled without the archdiocese filing a formal answer to the complaint. Levada said in a statement last fall that the church had internal policies aimed at trying to prevent sexual misconduct by its employees.
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