Lawsuit alleges priest raped boy waiting to be picked up after Mass

Pacific Daily News

Steve Limtiaco, Pacific Daily News Aug. 3, 2017

A former Dededo altar boy has sued the Archdiocese of Agana and former priest Raymond Cepeda for $5 million, accusing Cepeda of molesting and raping him in the early 1980s while he was waiting for his parents to pick him up after Mass.

The federal lawsuit, by a plaintiff identified with the initials A.J.C., is the 96th lawsuit filed in federal or local court accusing clergy members or other people associated with the church of sexually abusing children. Dozens of those cases have been put on hold in federal court in anticipation of a mediation process later this year.

It’s the 10th lawsuit accusing Cepeda of abusing children. He was defrocked by the church around 2010 following allegations of sexual abuse.

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