Latest sex abuse lawsuit names deceased priest

Archdiocese of Agana (PNC file photo)

Guam – Another sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana.

The plaintiff, known only by the initials “C.A.” names the late Father Daniel Cristobal, who was a capuchin priest, in his lawsuit. This is the first time Father Daniel has been named in a lawsuit.

Court documents state the alleged abuse began in 1979 when C.A. was about 8 years old, immediately after he became an altar boy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Rita.

At that time, documents say Cristobal told C.A. he was so happy he was an altar boy, then told him to “come here.” At this point, it’s alleged that Cristobal asked CA to stand in front of him and that he was going to “bless” him.

C.A. says Cristobal then unzipped the boy’s pants, did the sign of the cross, and abused him. He then allegedly told C.A., “you are blessed,” and told him he was going to be Fr. Daniel’s favorite altar boy.

Documents state that on another date, the priest showed the victim a pornographic photo before molesting him. Cristobal then gave money to C.A., telling him to stop by the store to buy himself something because he deserved it.

C.A. is seeking $5 million in damages.