Two new sex abuse complaints filed against church

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Archdiocese of Agana (PNC file photo)

Guam – Two more sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Church.

The first complaint is against the Archdiocese of Agana. The plaintiff, known only by his initials T.A.J. is currently 47-years-old and claims he was sexually molested and abused by Father Ray Cepeda between 1984 and 1986 while he was attending confirmation classes at Santa Barbara Catholic Church.

T.A.J. says Cepeda “seized every opportunity” to molest him, and that the abuse wasn’t confined to the classroom, but also occurred in the car. T.A.J. states that he couldn’t handle the pain, humiliation, and embarrassment that Cepeda had inflicted on him, so he quit going to church after he was confirmed.

Cepeda was removed from the priesthood in 2009. He passed away in November 2017.

T.A.J. is seeking $5 million in damages.

In the other case, Father Louis Brouillard is named once again. The plaintiff in this case is identified only as F.S. and is currently 65 years old.

The complaint states that F.S. joined the Boy Scouts of America when he was a young boy, and it was at this time he was abused by Brouillard, who was a scoutmaster. F.S. claims he was abused by Brouillard on two occasions, around the time he was 14 or 15 years old.

FS is seeking $10 million in damages.