272 cases filed so far against Archdiocese of Agana

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The time to file a sexual abuse claim against the Archdiocese of Agana has passed and there are 272 total cases.

August 15 was the date set by the courts to allow victims of clergy sexual abuse to come to the table and participate in settlement negotiations between the Archdiocese of Agana and abuse survivors.

In total, 272 sex abuse claims identifying Guam clergy as the perpetrators were filed in time for the cut-off date according to District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood.

But not all claims will move forward as the federal judge indicated that five civil cases did not file proof claims by the deadline.

The number of cases could change as the filings are being looked over for confirmation that they were filed correctly.

In addition, Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo, who also presided over Friday’s joint status hearing, indicated that because the statue of limitations was lifted for sexual assault cases, this means that more clergy abuse cases against the Archdiocese of Agana could be filed despite the deadline yesterday.

A status hearing will be held in September.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.