Guam – Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against the church, this time naming former Chancellor Father Adrian Cristobal.
The alleged victim is now 35 years old and is only known by the initials L.J.C. He alleges that Cristobal molested him when he was between the ages of 12 to 14 years while an altar boy at at the San Vicente Church in Barrigada.
According to the complaint, Father Cristobal grabbed his genitals when he was showing the teenager how to properly tuck in his shirt for mass and began to fondle him, asking him, “Do you like that?”
The inappropriate conduct continued, according to court papers. L.J.C. alleges that Father Adrian would hug and caress his ear. He also suspected that Father Adrian was sexually abusing other altar boys, noting that during a retreat at a private beach the boys were being summoned one by one into his tent and L.J.C. would overhear some of them yelling at Father Adrian, telling him, “Stop! You’re hurting me!”
According to L.J.C., it was one last incident that cause him to quit serving as an altar boy. L.J.C. claims Father Adrian locked himself in a room with L.J.C. and squeezed his genitals so hard it caused extreme pain. Fortunately, he was able to escape.
L.J.C. is seeking $5 million in damages. This is the first sex abuse lawsuit that names Father Adrian in the complaint.
There are now over 150 sex abuse lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Agana. Five of them were also filed against ousted Archbishop Anthony Apuron who was recently found guilty by a Vatican Tribunal of sexually abusing minors.