Lawsuit: Priest influenced altar boy to watch others being sexually abused
By Haidee V Eugenio
Pacific Daily News
September 11, 2017
|Father Louis Brouillard is shown in this undated Pacific Daily News file photo receiving a Silver Beaver award for his scouting hierarchy from a Navy captain.|
Father Louis Brouillard sexually abused an altar boy and influenced him to watch other boys being abused, a lawsuit filed late last month in the Superior Court of Guam states.
The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as R.C. in order to protect his privacy, was sexually abused by Brouillard on church grounds and at Boy Scouts outings during the time he was an altar boy for the Barrigada and Tumon parishes and a boy scout with Troop 13, the lawsuit states.
Now 53 and living in Barrigada, R.C. was around 13 or 14 at the time of the alleged abuse, from 1979 to 1981, the complaint states.
R.C., represented by attorney Michael J. Berman, of the law firm of Berman O’Connor & Mann, demands a jury trial and $10 million in minimum damages.
According to the lawsuit, the altar boys, including R.C., would meet before Mass in Brouillard's room at the Barrigada church. During that time, the lawsuit states, the boys would be subjected to the presence of Brouillard walking around while he exposed himself.
The lawsuit states Brouillard also took the boy scouts swimming at the Lonfit River, where he induced them to all swim in the nude as he attempted to sexually abuse them.
Brouillard would often reward the altar boys and boy scouts by taking them out to restaurants such as McDonald's or King's "as part of his grooming campaign as a sexual abuser of minors," the complaint states.
It states R.C. was sexually abused in different ways by Brouillard and induced to watch as Brouillard attempted to sexually abuse other boys.
R.C. is among the 106 people to file lawsuits in local and federal court against the Archdiocese of Agana and other religious orders over alleged sex abuse by clergy or others associated with the Catholic Church.
R.C. is also among the 61 people to accuse Brouillard of sexual abuse, molestation or rape. His lawsuit named as defendants the archdiocese, the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council Chamorro District, Brouillard, and up to 50 others.