Ramon De Plata says he witnessed a priest and a seminarian sexually abusing an altar boy back in the 1960s.
Guam – The Archdiocese of Agana is responding to the latest claims of sexual abuse that were made against Archbishop Anthony Apuron and a now deceased priest.
“On behalf of Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, SDB, the Archdiocese extends our prayers to Mr. De Plata and most certainly the altar boy whom Mr. De Plata said he witnessed being abused by the late Father Antonio Cruz and Father Tony Apuron in March of 1964,” a statement from Father Jeff San Nicolas, the delegate to Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Hon.
Ramon De Plata is the latest accuser to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of church clergy members. De Plata alleges that he witnessed Father Cruz and then-seminarian Anthony Apuron engaging in a threesome with a 10-year-old altar server at the Chalan Pago church rectory back in March 1964. De Plata says he witnessed the boy performing oral sex on Father Cruz while Apuron was performing fellatio on the young boy.
“We assure Mr. De Plata that we take his allegation and all allegations of sexual abuse very seriously,” Father San Nicolas stated.
Father San Nicolas says the De Plata’s allegations will be forwarded to Rome and an investigation into the late Father Cruz will also be initiated.
Father San Nicolas will also be meeting with the Task Force for the Protection of Minors Tuesday to reach out to De Plata.
You can read the full statement by clicking on the file below.