Lexington Civil Suit Trial Date Set In Sexual Abuse Case

A possible billion dollar lawsuit against the city of Lexington is now scheduled to move forward.

A federal judge has set a trial date for the first time in a complicated class-action case about child abuse that's been going on for more than 10 years.

A number of times over the years, courts have ruled that time had run out for those who claimed they were abused by former Micro City Director, Ron Berry.

But now for the first time in 11 years, a judge says the case can proceed with a limited number of plaintiffs and with the possibility that more alleged victims could come forward.

Berry is the former director of Micro City Government and was convicted in 2000 of sodomy for abusing some of those he was supposed to help.

Since Berry's arrest and conviction, nearly 100 people have come forward claiming they were sexually abused by Berry and asking the city to compensate them for their pain and suffering.

Numerous times though, the class action suits have been thrown out because they were not filed in time. But now, the judge says the original case can move forward, has moved the trial to Covington and set a date.

The city of Lexington has already paid more than 3 million dollars to settle two previous lawsuits.

Jim Morris says there could potentially be around 500 victims. But many are still scared to come forward because they have kept it hidden from family for so many years.

Morris says in the end, the city could end up paying nearly 1-billion dollars.

The city's attorney, Sheryl Snyder, has said in the past he is willing to take the case all the way to the US Supreme Court.

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