Alleged Victim Wants Friar Relieved of Duties

By Tom Moody
December 6, 2007

CARLSBAD — The Franciscan friar accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually abusing a Carlsbad teen in the 1970s should be removed from his church duties, attorneys for the alleged victim said Thursday.

At a news conference held outside the Catholic archdiocese office in Louisville, Ky., attorney Kevin McGuire said Brother Kerry Guillory, former Carlsbad church youth worker, should be immediately suspended, based on alleged sexual assaults here in the late 1970s.

"I have been told that the Franciscans said they removed Guillory from his duties within hours of our complaint being filed," said McGuire. "They still have an obligation to ensure he does not come back into service in the diocese here, and I know for a fact they have not taken that step yet. They must insure other children are kept safe."

Guillory was named as a defendant in a sexual assault lawsuit filed last week in the 5th Judicial District Court in Carlsbad. He reportedly is still working at two parishes and a homeless shelter in Louisville.

McGuire also released correspondence alleged to have been exchanged by Guillory and the plaintiff around the time of the assaults.

The plaintiff claims that one letter, dated Aug. 22, 1977, was received from Guillory following a hotel room assault while he was on a trip with the friar and another teen. In the letter, Guillory alludes to a situation with the youth that he calls "the night of my impulse." Guillory also wrote of "my desire for you."

Guillory's letter also mentions "other teenagers I have been drinking and riding around with." In court documents, the plaintiff claimed Guillory provided alcohol and marijuana to Carlsbad teens.

A letter from the plaintiff in response to Guillory's letter was also released Thursday, in which the plaintiff discusses Guillory's "uncontrollable desire to commit a homosexual act" on the plaintiff.

Attorneys also released photos taken in Carlsbad during the late 1970s that allegedly show Guillory and a group of teenage boys standing together, with each of them holding a can of beer.

While Guillory has said he did not abuse anybody, the plaintiff claims he was sexually abused by Guillory over a period of several years, while he was between 13 and 17 years old. The lawsuit also names as defendants the order Guillory belongs to, two dioceses and two local parishes.

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