Child sex abuse talks continue

Guam Daily Post

Robert Q. Tupaz | Post News Staff

This morning the committee on public safety and the judiciary is to resume a public hearing on Bill 326-33 which seeks to eliminate the statute of limitations for civil claims involving sexually abused children. Tomorrow, the committee will hear the nomination of a magistrate hoped to help with the caseload at the Superior Court of Guam.

Before the nomination hearing of Benjamin Sison to the post of magistrate on Tuesday, the committee will continue its hearing from last Thursday during which 13 people provided testimony in support of Bill 326. In testimony provided, each speaker asked lawmakers to pass the bill and to pass it quickly so that victims can bring their abusers to justice and to prevent abusers from hiding behind institutions that may protect them.

Included among those who testified in support of Bill 326 were Walter Denton, Roy Quintanilla and Roland Sondia, who were joined by John “Champ” Quinata, the brother of the late Joseph “Sonny” Quinata. Denton, Quintanilla, Sondia and Sonny Quinata are all alleged child sex abuse victims of Archbishop Anthony Apuron, when they were altar servers at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Agat in the 1970s.

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