Courts grant more time for mediation in church sex abuse case


Guam – The scores of sexual abuse cases filed against the Archdiocese of Guam will not move forward with litigation in an effort to continue settlement talks.

During a joint status conference on Thursday, Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo and District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted the request to continue the settlement stay until July 1 for the non-bankruptcy parties.

According to court documents, “The court will provide the parties with a list of judges who will be available to assist the parties in their settlement efforts.”

During this time period, various plaintiffs will also be allowed to file amended complaints to the extent that such amendments would not violate the automatic stay imposed by the bankruptcy proceeding.

The Archdiocese of Guam filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to ensure that the Church has enough money to settle the scores of sexual abuse cases. The court has set this matter for a continued status hearing on June 27.

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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.