3 new sex abuse lawsuits filed against Archdiocese

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Two of the claimants say former Guam priest, Father Louis Brouillard, forced the altar boys to perform “oral copulation.”

Guam – More lawsuits have been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana for civil claims of sexual abuse, two of which involve “oral copulation.”

This afternoon, Attorney David Lujan filed an additional three new complaints on behalf of his clients. The three are Bruce Diaz, Vicente Guerrero Perez and the Estate of Joseph Anthony Quinata. There are now a total of seven lawsuits filed against the church since the civil statute of limitations for filing sexual abuse claims was lifted.

Diaz and Perez both allege that they were sexually abused by former Guam priest Father Louis Brouillard while Quinata’s mother claimed that her late son had revealed on his deathbed 11 years ago that Archbishop Anthony Apuron sexually molested him in the 1970s.

Three of the first four lawsuits were also filed against Apuron by Roland Sondia, Roy Quintanilla and Walter Denton, while the fourth lawsuit was filed by Leo Tudela against Brouillard.

In their separate lawsuits, both Diaz and Perez allege the sexual abuse involved “oral copulation.” They both say that the sexual abuse was reported to other clergy members, including Bishop Apollinaris Baumgartner. However, court papers say that Brouillard released a signed statement claiming Baumgartner merely instructed Brouillard to pray for penance.