Vatican tribunal note-taker accused of sexual harassment

The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | The Guam Daily Post Aug 3, 2017

The note-taker for the Vatican tribunal who came to Guam to investigate child sex abuse allegations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron was accused of sexual harassment in his home parish in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Rev. Justin Wachs, the notary and recorder for the tribunal, has faced allegations of sexual harassment filed by a former employee of the Sioux Falls Diocese, according to Keloland Investigation in South Dakota. The woman alleged Wachs inappropriately touched her and interacted with her in 2014.

According to the Keloland report, Wachs and the diocese tried to save the working relationship and establish professional boundaries between the woman and Wachs, but months later, he resigned from the parish and went on medical leave.

The Sioux Falls Diocese has paid nearly $2,000 in co-pays for the victim’s counseling and medical bills as a result of the alleged harassment that Wachs, through a statement from his attorney, disputed.

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