2 priests abused boy, lawsuit claims

LONFIT: This section of the Lonfit River in Ordot was photographed in 2017. Numerous lawsuits allege that former Guam priest Louis Brouillard, now deceased, sexually assaulted boys in this river decades ago. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Two priests sexually assaulted a young boy in the early 1970s, according to a new lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam against the Capuchin Franciscans and the Boy Scouts of America.

H.H.H., who used initials to protect his identity, alleges he was sexually abused by Louis Brouillard and Antonio Cruz, now-deceased priests who served at parishes on Guam.

When he was 12, the boy learned of scouting field trips which Brouillard, who was also a scoutmaster, organized. The boy went on several outings to the Lonfit River in Ordot.

In at least four of these trips, H.H.H. felt uncomfortable because Brouilllard “encouraged, insisted, required and forced” the boys who joined the field trips to swim naked while the scoutmaster sexually assaulted them under the guise of teaching the boys to paddle, court documents state.

H.H.H. stopped attending the outings.

One year later, the boy was sent to help Cruz clean the St. Jude Church in Sinajana.

Before he began sweeping and mopping, Cruz called the boy into the church office and instructed him to sit on one of the chairs. The lawsuit alleged Cruz rubbed the boy’s thighs up to his private parts and attempted to pull the boy’s pants down. The boy broke free and ran to his home, shouting about the incident, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit seeks $5 million.

The boy’s mother later received a call from someone at the church requesting to meet her at the St. Fidelis Friary to discuss what had occurred. She and Cruz discussed the matter privately and when she returned, she told her son that the priest had accused the boy of lying, the lawsuit states.

H.H.H. became distrustful of priests and distanced himself from the Catholic Church, the lawsuit states.

His attorney David Lujan said as a result of the abuse, his client constantly engaged in a guessing game of which priest is a pedophile.