New allegations against defrocked priest

NEW SUIT FILED: A man has come forward claiming he was sexually abused by a priest at Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

A 48-year-old man alleges he was sexually abused and molested by a priest while attending confirmation classes at Santa Barbara Catholic Church in Dededo in the early 1980s.

The man, identified as R.Q. to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit through his attorney David Lujan in the District Court of Guam against the Archdiocese of Agana and former priest Raymond Cepeda, who was defrocked in 2009 or 2010, court documents state.

Abused, molested 'regularly'

The civil complaint alleges that Cepeda "regularly" sexually abused and molested R.Q. after Saturday night baptismal Masses in the Dededo parish rectory. After Mass, Cepeda allegedly instructed the teen not to leave and to follow him to the rectory where he would fondle and sexually abuse him, the lawsuit states.

Occasionally, R.Q. said he would attend functions away from the church and alleges Cepeda would offer to take him home. The teen did not want to go but obeyed because Cepeda was a priest, court documents state.

On those occasions, the priest allegedly drove the boy to a secluded place or took him back to the rectory to sexually abuse him, documents state.

The lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages.