Lawsuit Alleges Priest Raped Boy Waiting to Be Picked up after Mass
By Steve Limtiaco
Pacific Daily News
August 3, 2017
|Father Raymond Cepeda is shown in this June 5, 2004 file photo|
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.
Itís the 10th lawsuit accusing Cepeda of abusing children. He was defrocked by the church around 2010 following allegations of sexual abuse.
The lawsuit accuses the church of knowing that Cepeda had been abusing children for years, and of failing to intervene or notify law enforcement. It states the abuse happened in 1980 or 1981, when A.J.C. was 10 or 11 years old.