Mediation continues in Sexual Abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Church


Guam – Day four of mediation in the sexual abuse cases filed against the Archdiocese of Guam, clergymen and associates of the church has concluded and still no word of a settlement being reached.

Over 180 cases of sexual abuse occurring under the nose of the Archdiocese of Guam over the course of decades, now rests in the hands of mediator Antonio Piazza.

The parties involved have agreed to attempt to settle the lawsuits outside of the courtroom, many of which called for relief in an upwards of 5 to 10-million dollars.

Jungle Watch Blogger Tim Rohr shared on K57’s mornings with Patti Arroyo show that’s a price tag of about a billion dollars. However, how much the settlement comes out to is dependent on the mediation negotiations.

Rohr says while the victims may settle with the church that may not mean that all those accused are off the hook.

“I do know though that at least some of the victims that were harmed by Apuron…while they may settle with the Archdiocese they may still personally pursue against Apuron in court,” stated Rohr.

While Rohr’s assertions remains to be unseen, the Archdiocese of Guam has issued a statement in regards to the ongoing negotiations, stating, ” All parties have been negotiating in good faith during the mediation process that has taken place
from September 17 to today concerning sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Agaña, the Boy Scouts of America, the Capuchin Franciscan Order and the Sisters of Mercy by Plaintiffs represented by David Lujan and Delia Lujan Wolff, Michael Berman, Kevin Fowler, and Charles McDonald. Though no settlements have been reached at this time, negotiations will continue. This ill be the extent of our comment at this time.”

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.