Three new civil lawsuits have emerged from the office of attorney David Lujan, each directed at the Archdiocese of Agana. One suit comes from the estate of the late Joseph Quinata, whose mother stated that he had been abused by Archbishop Anthony Apuron, also implicated in the suit.

Two new victims, Vicente Guerrero Perez and Bruce Diaz, also filed suit through Lujan and directed their claims to former Guam priest Rev. Louis Brouillard in addition to the archdiocese.

Abuse allegations

According to documents, Perez had served as an altar boy at the Barrigada Parish, where Brouillard was serving, from 1976 to 1980. He was 11 at the time. The suit alleges that Perez was repeatedly sexually molested by Brouillard on parish grounds.

"After Mass, the altar boys, including Vicente, would occasionally go to the Barrigada Parish Rectory, where they would be subjected to the presence of Brouillard walking around completely naked, nonchalantly, smoking his pipe and drinking alcohol," the suit stated.

Brouillard allegedly encouraged Perez to drink alcohol and would molest him after several drinks. The suit also alleges that in order to gain continuous access to Perez for the purpose of sexual abuse, Brouillard sought permission from his parents to have Perez stay overnight at the rectory.

This predatory behavior extended to Brouillard's role as a scout master for the Boy Scouts, according to the suit. Perez was allegedly forced to participate in the scouts at the direction of Brouillard, who would allegedly abuse Perez and other boys during scout activities.

"Among Brouillard's sexually abusive practices while serving as scout master, were weekly outings that he conducted in which he would take between five and six boys, including Vicente, swimming in the Lonfit River in Ordot-Chalan Pago. Brouillard would instruct the boys to swim naked and entice them with hamburgers as rewards," the suit stated.

When he was 35 years old, Perez met with Apuron to speak about his alleged abuse under Brouillard, according to the suit. However, the archdiocese never acted on these claims, it added.

Diaz was only 8 when he met Brouillard in the scouts, his own suit stated. Diaz later became an altar boy at the Barrigada Parish, where Brouillard also allegedly abused him. This molestation allegedly occurred about four times a week between 1976 and 1980.

Brouillard, for his part, has admitted to sexually abusing boys during his time on Guam. Although he does not remember who they all were, Brouillard estimated that he abused 20 or more boys during this time.

Leo Tudela, now in his 70s, was the first to come out publicly as one of Brouillard's victims.

Complicity

The priest has also implicated other members of the clergy on Guam as complicit in the abuse, including Bishop Apollinaris Baumgartner, the bishop of Guam at the time.

All three suits ask for relief in the form of monetary damages "to be proven at trial."

There are now seven suits against the archdiocese. The first four were from Walter Denton, Roland Sondia, Roy Quintanilla and Tudela. Lujan represents all the victims so far and has indicated that there would be at least a dozen suits overall.

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