Clergy sex abuse suit says former priest Brouillard swam naked, molested Scouts
By Haidee V Eugenio
Pacific Daily News
August 18, 2017
|Father Louis Brouillard is shown in an undated photo from the Pacific Daily News archives. |
A former Boy Scout accused former priest Louis Brouillard of sexually abusing him around 1977 or 1978 at Lonfit River, according to a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam.
The accuser, identified in court documents only by his initials V.Q., filed a $10 million lawsuit Friday afternoon against Brouillard, the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council Chamorro District.
V.Q., represented by attorney David J. Lujan, is the 98th person to file a childhood sexual abuse lawsuit on Guam involving the Catholic Church.
As Scouts, V.Q. and other boys were required to meet several times a week at the Nuestra Senora De Las Aguas Catholic Church in Mongmong, the complaint says.
The lawsuit says Brouillard's sexually predatory practices included weekly outings in which he would take V.Q. and other Scouts to the Lonfit River in Ordot Chalan Pago to compete for their swimming badges.
"During these Boy Scout activities, Brouillard sexually molested and abused V.Q. On numerous occasions, while swimming, Brouillard would swim completely naked and routinely instructed V.Q. and the other boys to remove their clothes, and Brouillard would grope and touch their private parts," the lawsuit says.
The priest would often reward the boys by taking them out to restaurants, according to the lawsuit.
"After V.Q. obtained his swimming merit badge, V.Q. quit the Boy Scouts and never participated in any activities or outings again," the suit says.
The lawsuit says V.Q. was 14 or 15 when he joined the Mongmong Troop 18 Boy Scouts, and Brouillard was a scoutmaster.