Even as clergy sex abuse cases are being settled through mediation in local and federal courts, another victim has stepped forward, filing a lawsuit against the Capuchin order, and bringing the total number of sexual abuse cases to 272.
The lawsuit identifies Father Herbert Francis Petrie, an ordained Capuchin missionary priest of the Archdiocese of Agana, as the perpetrator in the latest sexual abuse case filed against the Catholic Church.
The victim is identified by the initials H.B.B and is currently 68 years old. Court documents state that about 56 years ago, when the victim was about 12 or 13 years old, she attended church at the Talofofo parish where Father Petrie served as a priest.
The victim alleges that she was sexually abused by Petrie while on church grounds and at his home, the Conbento, which was located adjacent to the church.
She also accused Father Petrie of inappropriately touching her on one occasion as she cleaned his home.
She is seeking $5 million in punitive and exemplary damages.