A second mediator is in the works for church settlement

Archdiocese of Agana (PNC file photo)

Mediation is expected to conclude in June.

Guam – The Archdiocese of Agana and Attorney David Lujan who has the bulk of the church sex abuse cases have agreed to seek a second mediator.

The parties filed a notice in District Court that they have already discussed this with their current proposed mediator Tony Piazza. But because of the number of cases involved, over 140, an additional mediator will be needed.

In fact, they have already identified that second mediator as Judge Molloway, who they propose will assist Piazza.

Settlement negotiations were expected to conclude in March or April of this year but has since been pushed back to June this year.

Meanwhile, a joint conference has been scheduled for January 16 between Chief District Court Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood and Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo who also has a number of the sex abuse cases before him.