Four Sue Archdiocese of Agana, Apuron, Brouillard over Sex Abuse Allegations

By Haidee V Eugenio
Pacific Daily News
November 1, 2016

Attorney David Lujan, center, speaks at a press conference as two of his four clients listen at his law office in Hagatna on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Lujan said he filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana, Archbishop Anthony Apuron and former priest Louis Brouillard on behalf of Roland Sondia, left, Leo Tudela, and two other clients N Walter Denton and Roy T. Quintanilla.

Four former altar boys who publicly accused Catholic priests on Guam of sexually abusing them in the 1950s and 1970s filed separate lawsuits Tuesday against the Archdiocese of Agana, Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron and former island priest Louis Brouillard.

The plaintiffs are Leo Tudela, 73; Roland Sondia, 54; Walter Denton, 52; and Roy Quintanilla, 52.

Attorney David Lujan filed the lawsuits on behalf of the four victims of alleged sex abuse.

The filing of the lawsuits comes over a month after Gov. Eddie B. Calvo signed into law on Sept. 23 a controversial bill that allows victims of child sex abuse to sue their abusers and the institutions with which they are associated, at any time.

“It is each victim’s hope that the filings of the lawsuits will bring positive changes in the lives of all victims of abuse resulting in a cleansing and healing of decades-old feelings of fear, embarrassment, shame, hatred, bitterness, blaming of oneself and restore each victim’s dignity and respect,” Lujan said at a press conference at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Two of the plaintiffs were at the press conference — Tudela, now a resident of Hawaii, and Sondia, who lives on Guam.

Lujan said four other victims or their families will file lawsuits next week, to be followed by at least four other victims the following week.

The attorney said he expects more victims to come forward.

He added that other defendants in the case will include other Catholic priests, as well as the Boy Scouts of America and other private institutions on Guam.

“In addition, that the lawsuits will cause the church to remove the cancer caused by these pedophile priests and restore the Catholic Church to its rightful glory,” Lujan added.

This story will be updated.








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