Guam – Another clergy victim has come forward, this as child sexual abuse settlement negotiations reach their third day between plaintiffs’ attorneys and local church counsel. The new allegations name two priests as the perpetrators.
The victim is identified by the initials J.W. And the plaintiff alleges that in 1964 or 1965 they were sexually abused by Father Louis Broulliard, as well as the late Father Antonio Cruz.
Broulliard has been named by multiple victims, who have shared similar accounts of abuse. Broulliard previously issued a statement addressing the allegations. The priest, who is in his late 90’s, admits to having committed such acts, but says he cannot recall those he victimized.
Cruz has been named a perpetrator in at least two other sexual abuse complaints.
There are nearly 170 sexual abuse lawsuits filed in both the federal and local courts against the Archdiocese of Agana, clergy, employees, and groups associated with the Roman Catholic Church on Guam.
A statement from the Archdiocese of Agana acknowledges the filing of the new sex abuse charges releasing the following statement:
“On behalf of the entire archdiocese, Archbishop Michael Byrnes extends prayers to J.W. and all people who have come forward recently or in the past to say they were sexually abused by clergy or lay persons of the archdiocese.
The archdiocese has strengthened its efforts in the protection of children and young people
entrusted to its care. It has aligned its sexual abuse policy with that of the United States
Conference of Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which includes the implementation of mandatory training for all clergy, employees and volunteers.
The archdiocese is currently undergoing mediation with legal counsel of plaintiffs related to
sexual abuse lawsuits and is committed to working earnestly to help bring healing, resolution and reconciliation to victims and survivors of sexual abuse.”