Statement of Mr. Leo Tudela

Senate Hearings on SOL Reform

[This testimony was given on August 1, 2016, in support of Guam Bill 326-33. A video of Tudela’s testimony is available here; scroll down to the second video and advance the video to 19:34. Tudela was introduced by Mr. Anthony B. San Nicolas, former Postmaster General of Guam; his remarks begin at 19:34. The video contains other testimony as well.]

While I was staying at the Capuchin Fathers Monastery [St. Fidelis Friary] in Agana Heights, one night in the early morning hours, I was awakened by someone touching my private area (penis) and massaging it. I was shocked, very frightened, scared and shaking to have a big shadow of a man sitting next to me. I started to cry as I could not believe what was going on. This was in the monastery of God and how could this be happening to me. He told me “it is okay, I am Brother Mariano.” I told him to please leave me alone but he continued to do what was doing. Finally, he got up and left the room. I took my blanket and covered my face and my whole body. I was crying and shaking. It was a night I would never forget. The next day, I told Brother Ferdinand Pangelinan what happened to me and soon after that, we were moved to Sinajana Catholic Church Rectory, to stay there.

While I was at the Sinajana Rectory [of St. Jude Thaddaeus parish], I met Father Louis Brouillard [at the time, Diocesan Chaplain of the Boy Scouts]. I believe he was teaching at St. Jude Catholic School and assisting Father Kieran [Hickey, OFM Cap, Superior Regular of the Diocese of Agana]. Father Louis invited me to come to Santa Teresita Church in Mangilao and help him as an Altar Boy and to clean the rectory. While I was staying there, I was told to join the Boy Scouts as part of my duty, along with the other three Altar Boys staying at the rectory.

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