The north suburban village of Lindenhurst and a former village police officer is been sued by a man following his claims of being sexually assaulted by the former police officer when he was 17 years old.
The suit was filed on Monday in Lake County Circuit Court with claims that Officer Ralph Goar came in contact with the boy outside his Round Lake home on May 17, 2013, “announced that he was a police officer, displayed his police badge and sexually assaulted” him.
“A cursory look at the complaint reveals numerous misstatements and erroneous factual assertions that Ralph Goar adamantly denies,” according to a statement from Goar’s attorney, Jeremy S. Carter.
At the point when the plaintiff who was identified as John Doe reported the assault to authorities, a social worker at a children’s advocacy center told him they’d been looking into Goar “for some time,” the suit stated.
According to the lawsuit, another man, Robert Lowry, had come forward a month earlier concerning the alleged assault of John Doe with reports that Goar had assaulted him sexually when he was a 14-year-old member of the department’s Junior Explorer Program. Goar was also involved with the youth program at that time and would later be hired as a community service officer and eventually a police officer for the village.
A lawsuit was filed by Lowry against Goar last month, claiming that the abuse continued for many years, according to a statement from John Doe’s attorney, Eugene K. Hollander.
John Doe’s suit charges the village of Lindenhurst with willful and wanton conduct, claiming village officials “knew or reasonably should have known of Goar’s dangerous and exploitative propensities as a child sexual abuser.”
The suit also accuses Goar of assault, battery and violating the Illinois Gender Violence Act, claiming that Goar targeted John Doe because he was a male. It seeks more than $5 million in damages in addition to court costs.
According to a statement from the Village of Lindenhurst, Goar retired last week after 27 years with the village.
“Last month, upon the conclusion of a Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office investigation into the allegations involving Officer Goar, the Village of Lindenhurst began an internal investigation to determine whether Officer Goar had fully complied with Lindenhurst Police Department employment policies and regulations,” village officials said in the statement.
Goar notified the village that he intended to retire “shortly after that investigation commenced and prior to interviewing him,” officials said. The village board approved his retirement agreement on May 14.
“The Village is aware of the suit and will be reviewing it in detail in order to determine an appropriate course of action,” officials said in the statement. “An initial review of the filing reveals several inaccuracies and misleading statements. That’s why we look forward to clarifying the record on behalf of the Village, the Lindenhurst Police Department, and the community we serve.”