Parties in church abuse case get extra time to negotiate possible settlement

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Progress has been made in the child sexual abuse cases against the Archdiocese of Agana, prompting the parties to request for a continued stay.

The stipulation is for an extended stay for 30 days, according to court documents. This time will allow parties to continue negotiations on a possible settlement of the matter.

All parties agreed that they may reach a resolution with the additional time.

At present, there are around 300 child sexual abuse claims filed in the Superior Court of Guam and the District Court of Guam against the Catholic Church and its clergy, including former Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

The sexual abuse claims have left the Church in the red, filling for bankruptcy. Even as the bankruptcy case’s accruing legal fees are being paid, to date, the sexual abuse claimants have not.

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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.

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