Archdiocese calls Fr. Adrian back to Guam following sexual abuse allegations

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Guam – Yesterday, a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam detailed accusations of sexual abuse against former Chancellor Father Adrian Cristobal, naming him for the first time as an alleged sexual predator.

In a statement from Archdiocese of Guam, Spokesperson Tony Diaz, he confirms, “Father Adrian is still a priest of the Archdiocese of Agana. However, he is off-island in mission at the Diocese of Phoenix.”

In light of the allegations, Diaz says Father Cristobal is being called back to the island.

Cristobal was the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Agana appointed by Archbishop Anthony Apuron. However, when Apuron was placed on leave in 2016 as a result of sexual allegations against him, the Vatican not only appointed Archbishop Michael Byrnes as a temporary administrator but Cristobal was also replaced as chancellor.

Following his replacement Cristobal was assigned to the San Dionisio parish in Umatac, which did not sit well with the former chancellor.

In response Cristobal indicated in a message that he was researching canon law regarding his new assignment.

A statement from the Archdiocese is pending however was not available as of news time today.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.