2 men sue church, Boy Scouts

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com March 30, 2017

Two more lawsuits were filed Thursday, by men who said they were sexually abused or witnessed sexual abuse decades ago, as children, by former priest and Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster Louis Brouillard.

Their complaints bring to 39 the number of Guam clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed so far, in local and federal court. Most of the lawsuits accuse Brouillard, who has admitted to abusing at least 20 boys on Guam when he was a priest here.

Peter Damian, of Sinajana, said Brouillard sexually abused him at the Lonfit River when he was 9 or 10 years old, in 1962 or 1963, during a Boy Scouts trip. At the time, Brouillard was the parish priest at Santa Teresita Church in Mangilao.

Jan Iriarte, now 54 and living in Yona, in his lawsuit said he was pressured many times by Brouillard to swim naked during Boy Scouts swimming trips, during which he saw Brouillard molest other boys. While Iriarte said he never swam naked, the experience made him feel violated and distrustful of priests.

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