Saipan Bishop Named Again As Sexual Abuse Perpetrator
By Donna De Jesus
Pacific News Center
April 26, 2017
This is the second time Saipan Bishop Tomas Camacho was named as a perpetrator.
Guam - Another victim has filed a suit against the Catholic Church. The victim, using the initials B.C., claims Camacho began abusing him in the early 60s when he was about 10 years old.
Camacho was serving as a parish priest at the Mongmong Church at the time, and, according to the complaint, would grope and fondle B.C. on numerous occasions when he was an altar boy. Court documents state that B.C. spent a lot of time at the church and enjoyed being an altar boy. His family was less fortunate and meals were limited, so having leftover bread that was stored in the rectory was a treat for him, documents state. An incident documented in B.C.'s complaint was when he found pornographic magazines in the rectory and began reading them. Camacho caught B.C. and threatened to tell his parents. That's when he began to molest him. B.C. says he never told anyone about the abuse out of fear that Camacho would tell his parents about the pornographic magazines.
Through his counsel, David Lujan, B.C. is seeking $5 million in damages.