Another sex-abuse victim files complaint against church

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Guam – An individual filed a complaint at the Superior Court of Guam, adding another case to the list of sexual abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana.

Wishing to remain anonymous, the victim identified by the initials Z.S. had served as an altar boy at the Church of St. Jude in Sinajana since he was about seven years old.

When the victim reached the age of 15, he said Father David Anderson allegedly began touching, snuggling and groping him when he slept overnight in the convent.

According to the complaint, Father David would touch the victim inappropriately and would lay on top of the victim while he slept. The priest allegedly rubbed his genitals on the victim’s body causing “great shame and embarrassment to Z.S.

While he told his parents about what Father Anderson did to him, they did not believe him. He said the sexual abuse continued until he stopped serving as an altar boy.

According to the complaint, the victim is seeking exemplary and punitive damage relief in addition to equitable relief “for the protection of the victim and others who have been sexually abused by clergy.”

As part of the relief, he is requesting that the court order the Archdiocese of Agana to post the names of all known clergy or religious representatives identified as perpetrators in the complaint; establish a toll-free number and website for anonymous abuse complaints, and; adopt a whistleblower policy within the Church.

He is also asking the Archdiocese to hold private meetings between the victims and Archbishop; issue a letter of apology from the perpetrator to the victim, and; to remove the confidentiality provision for any future settlement related to sexual abuse entered into by the victim, except at the written request of the settling abuse victim.

Z.S is also demanding a jury trial.

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Jolene Toves
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.