New sexual assault victim accuses deceased Chalan Pago priest

664

Guam – Yet another alleged victim of clergy sexual abuse has come forward. This time, reportedly at the hands of a Capuchin priest.

Raised in a devoutly religious family, the victim, identified only by his initials A.J.A., was a parishioner of the Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church in Chalan Pago. But his trips to the church grounds were reportedly anything but safe.

Court documents reveal that A.J.A was nine years old when he was sexually molested and abused on parish grounds. He recalls visiting the Chalan Pago Rectory where now deceased Father Antonio Cruz resided. A.J.A. was there to deliver clothes to the priest but, while there, Cruz allegedly pulled the boy towards him and fondled him.

A.J.A. is suing the Archdiocese of Guam for $5 million dollars.

Previous articleGuam likely to receive $300M through Bordallo’s NDAA provisions
Next articleUSDOE denies request to lift costly special conditions on GDOE
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.