Brouillard to provide sworn evidence in abuse lawsuits
By Haidee V Eugenio
Pacific Daily News
October 29, 2017
|Father Louis Brouillard is shown in an undated photo from the Pacific Daily News archives.|
Former Guam priest Louis Brouillard, the only accused clergy member who has admitted to sexually abusing children on Guam, is scheduled to provide additional sworn evidence, during his deposition, in Pine City, Minnesota, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.
Brouillard is represented by attorney Thomas Wieser of the law firm Meier, Kennedy and Quinn based in St. Paul, according to Archdiocese of Agana attorney John Terlaje.
Among Wieser's specialties are defense of sexual abuse claims, and church and religious laws, his law firm's website says.
At the deposition, Brouillard, 96, will be represented by Wieser, Terlaje said.
Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes said Terlaje and Seattle-based co-counsel Michael Patterson will also be at the deposition.
Attorney David Lujan, the counsel for all plaintiffs who have sued Brouillard in federal court, is scheduled to attend the deposition, as are attorneys for those who sued Brouillard in the Superior Court of Guam. Brouillard left Guam for Minnesota in 1981.
Hawaii-based attorney Randall Rosenberg said their team will be sending an attorney to attend Brouillard's deposition. Rosenberg is working with Guam attorney Anthony Perez and other U.S. mainland-based lawyers to represent clergy sex abuse plaintiffs.
An attorney from Seattle-based firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, which is working with Guam attorney Kevin Fowler representing clergy abuse survivors, will also be at the deposition.
The parties in the clergy abuse cases are pursuing mediation to try to settle the lawsuits.
Brouillard is accused in more than half of the 140 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed in local and federal court.
In phone interviews and a signed affidavit last year, Brouillard admitted to sexually abusing more than 20 boys on Guam and offered his apologies to the boys he may have harmed.
He said, in his written affidavit, that Guam church officials at the time, including Bishop Apollinaris Baumgartner, knew of his activities and asked him to pray. He was ordained as a priest on Guam in 1948.
Despite Guam church officials reportedly knowing about Brouillard's abuses on island, Brouillard continued to serve as a priest in Minnesota, from 1981 to 1985, when he was removed from active ministry. In 1987, he retired in Pine City, where he still lives.
In 2013, the Diocese of Duluth released a list of priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse while serving in the diocese, and Brouillard's name was on that list. Three of the recent lawsuits accuse Brouillard, in the early 1980s, of flying boys from Guam to Minnesota, where he continued to sexually abuse them.