A federal judge has denied the Archdiocese of Agana's request for a third extension to respond to the child sexual abuse cases that have been filed in the District Court of Guam.

"The court does not find good cause to grant another extension," said Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan, in part.

Manibusan ordered the archdiocese to respond to the complaints no later than April 10.

The court granted the archdiocese's two previous requests for extensions on Feb. 14 and March 10 for the first 26 cases filed up to that point.

In its most recent extension request, the legal counsel for the archdiocese indicated the extra time was needed in light of additional cases that had been filed since March 10.

As of press time, Post files show 36 child sexual abuse cases – alleging abuse at the hands of Guam clergy – have been filed in Guam's federal court.

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