New church sexual abuse complaint filed

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Another survivor of church sexual abuse has come forward, sharing the abuse he endured in the 1960s while a student at St. Francis School in Yona.

The complaint filed in the District Court of Guam reveals that the survivor (only named SSS to protect his identity and privacy) was in the 5th or 6th-grade attending school at St. Francis Catholic school, where his mother was employed.

According to the complaint, a Capuchin priest only identified as Father was assigned to the school and also taught classes under the operation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

“Father” — knowing SSS’s recess period — would allegedly wait for SSS’s recess to occur. Father would then take SSS to one of the buildings behind the church where he would inappropriately touch and sexually abuse SSS, court documents stated.

The abuse occurred over 10 times in a 6-month period.

SSS says the trauma he sustained from the abuse led to two failed marriages.

“SSS’s inability to forget what Father did to him which SSS cannot erase from his mind haunts him to this day,” the complaint stated.

He is suing for $5 million.

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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.