A former Boy Scout alleges he was sexually abused during swimming outings and while at the rectory of the San Vicente Ferrer-San Roke church parish in Barrigada when he was 11 years old.
An individual, using the initials "R.B.R." to protect his identity, filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam yesterday alleging he was sexually abused by his former scoutmaster and Barrigada priest Louis Brouillard.
The lawsuit alleges the priest would force the Boy Scouts to swim completely naked during outings at the Lonfit River and would grope and touch their private parts.
R.B.R. said the priest would often reward the boys by taking them out to eat and occasionally they would spend time at the Barrigada rectory.
'All of the other boys do it'
During one visit, R.B.R. said Brouillard had him sit on the bed and the priest began sexually molesting and abusing him, court documents state.
The teen recalled being scared and said Brouillard tried to reassure him by saying it was OK, and that "All of the other boys do it,” the lawsuit states.
The priest then allegedly forced the teen to perform sexual acts on him.
After this incident, R.B.R quit the Boy Scouts and never again participated in any activities or outings.
The civil complaint alleges that priests and representatives of the Archdiocese of Agana including Bishop Apollinaris Baumgartner, Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, Monsignor Zoilo Camacho, now-deceased Father Antonio C. Cruz and other individuals were aware of the sexual abuse committed by Brouillard and deliberately remained quiet and withheld such information.
The lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages.
Accusations against Brouillard
More than two dozen child sexual abuse victims have come forward alleging they were abused by Brouillard, who now resides in Minnesota.
He was ordained as a Catholic priest in Guam in 1948 and was assigned to work in several parishes and schools around the island until 1981.