New Allegations Raised against Mannetta, Brouillard
By Mindy Aguon
Guam Daily Post
October 13, 2017
An encounter with a priest in Talofofo in 1985 resulted in a teen boy quitting church and living with humiliation and embarrassment, according to the latest lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Agana and defrocked priest Andrew Mannetta.
A.J.B.W., 46, who used initials to protect his privacy, alleges he was sexually abused by Mannetta while helping the priest clean outside the rectory of San Miguel Catholic Church.
Boys in the village often played at the old basketball court near the parish and Mannetta would seek their help to clean around the church.
One day A.J.B.W. was summoned to help the priest clean outside the rectory. The lawsuit states Mannetta asked how the boy was doing in school. A.J.B.W. told him he was doing well but that he didn't go to school that day because of a stomachache.
Mannetta invited the boy into the rectory for a drink and then asked where his stomach was hurting, offering to massage the boy to help the pain go away, court documents state.
The priest instructed A.J.B.W. to sit on his lap and then began molesting him. Mannetta reassured the terrified and frightened boy "everything was going to be fine and he was going to help the pain go away," the lawsuit states.
The teen ran out of the rectory, quit going to church due to his resentment of Mannetta and his humiliation, and ceased attending confirmation classes until a new priest was assigned to the parish.
A.J.B.W.'s attorney, David Lujan, alleges Mannetta had sexually abused and molested his client and other minor children for years, and accused the archdiocese of keeping his misconduct hidden and secret, the complaint states.
According to Post files, Mannetta was assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, San Miguel in Talofofo, Santa Teresita and the St. Fidelis Friary on Guam. He also served at the St. Elizabeth Church in Aiea, Hawaii, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Pearl City, Hawaii.
The Archdiocese of Agana has previously said Mannetta was defrocked in 2002 after sexual abuse claims were raised in Hawaii. The case was settled with a $375,000 payment in 2007.
New lawsuit against Brouillard
G.E. was 11 years old in 1975 when he became a Boy Scout and met Louis Brouillard, a priest at San Vicente Catholic Church and a scoutmaster.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the Superior Court of Guam by attorney Michael Berman against Brouillard, the Archdiocese of Agana and the Boy Scouts of America, allegations were raised that Brouillard took nude photos of boys without their permission and sexually molested G.E. and others while they swam to earn their merit badges.
As part of his grooming campaign as a sexual abuser of minors, Brouillard rewarded the boys by taking them out to eat at McDonald's or King's restaurants, the lawsuit states.
At that time, G.E. thought it must be acceptable behavior since Brouillard was a priest, but over time, the boy realized how wrong the behavior was and tried to repress the abuse from his memory, according to the complaint.