Peoria: More Sex Abuse Charges Levied against Peoria Diocese

Peoria Journal Star
April 13, 2007

Peoria - Five people sued the Catholic Diocese of Peoria on Thursday, accusing three priests of sexually abusing them when they were minors.

One of the lawsuits also names OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for an alleged incident there in 1957.

St. Francis spokesman Chris Lofgren declined to comment. Diocesan spokeswoman Elizabeth Smarjesse said on Friday that the diocese had not been notified of the lawsuits.

The filings bring to 19 the number of active lawsuits against the diocese, all but one of them through Springfield attorney Fred Nessler.

Those charged in Peoria County Circuit Court includes three priests: Monsignor Joseph M. McGowan, who is now deceased; Monsignor Norman Goodman, 78, of Pekin; and the Rev. Louis Condon, 84, of Moline.


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