Former altar boys file sex abuse lawsuits against Apuron, Brouillard

Protesters urging the Archdiocese of Agana to address allegations of clergy sex abuse.

Four men on Tuesday filed separate civil suits against Church officials accused of molesting them when they were serving as altar boys at Mount Carmel Parish in Agat almost five decades ago.

Roland Sondia, Roy Quintanilla Walter Denton sued Archbishop Anthony Apuron, while Leo Tudela named Father Louis Brouillard as his alleged molester.

The Archdiocese of Agana was also named a defendant in the lawsuits filed in the Superior Court of Guam.

“It is each victim’s hope that the filing of the lawsuits will bring positive change in the lives of all victims of abuse resulting in a cleansing and healing of decades-old feelings of fear, embarrassment, shame, hatred, bitterness and blaming of oneself,” said David Lujan, the attorney who represents all plaintiffs.

The lawsuits were motivated by a new Guam law that lifted the statute of limitations for sex abuse cases.

“The lawsuits,” Lujan said, “will cause the Church to remove the cancer caused by these pedophile priests and restore the Catholic Church to its rightful glory.”

The plaintiffs seek jury trials for damages in sums to be determined during the court proceedings.