Clergy sex abuse suit withdrawn

Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, Aug. 31, 2017

A clergy sex abuse lawsuit accusing a now-deceased priest, filed earlier this week in federal court, has been voluntarily withdrawn.

Through attorney David Lujan, accuser “A.J.A.” on Aug. 31 filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of his lawsuit, which he originally filed Aug. 28.

The plaintiff, now 61 and now living in Las Vegas, is identified in court documents only as A.J.A. to protect his privacy.

A.J.A. had alleged that priest Antonio C. Cruz, who is now deceased, allegedly sexually molested and abused him when he was a 9-year-old boy, around 1964, at a church rectory in Chalan Pago.

Cruz was a priest at the Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church and was Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron’s mentor when Apuron was still a seminarian.

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