Oregon man sues over alleged priest abuse around 1967

Pacific Daily News

July 10, 2018

By Haidee V Eugenio

A former Guam resident now living in Oregon said a now deceased priest sexually abused him at the Chalan Pago church rectory around 1967 and that incident led him to quit being a Catholic, according to a $5 millionlawsuit filed on Tuesday in federal court.

The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as J.V.C. to protect his privacy, said he was about 14 or 15 when Father Antonio C. Cruz molested and abused him.

The abuse and molestation included fondling the boy and trying to force him to penetrate the priest, the lawsuit said. It allegedly happened on the day the priest asked J.V.C., after confession, to bring a coconut to his room.

“As J.V.C. walked towards Cruz, he noticed Cruz was naked and masturbating. Once J.V.C. was within arm’s reach, Cruz pulled J.V.C.’s shorts down and began fondling and masturbating J.V.C.,” the lawsuit says. Further abuse allegedly happened in the room.

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