Lawsuit: Priest raped Barrigada girl in 1970s, told her she's going to heaven for it

By Haidee Eugenio Gilbert
Pacific Daily News
July 15, 2019

Father Louis Brouillard is shown in an undated photo from the Pacific Daily News archives.

A lawsuit filed on Monday alleges that Father Louis Brouillard, in or about 1974 to 1975, sexually abused and raped a Barrigada girl and told her she's going to heaven for being a "good girl."

The plaintiff, now 55 years old, is identified in federal court documents only by the initials E.A.B. to protect her privacy.

After raping the girl at the Barrigada church's back room, the priest told her "she will never go to hell because she is a good girl and that the devil will never take (her) because she was with a priest and that he will keep the devil away," the lawsuit says.

Brouillard went on to sexually abuse the girl for about two years, including during outings of the Boy Scouts of America at Lonfit River with other boys and girls, the lawsuit says.

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E.A.B., in her $5 million lawsuit, said she was about 10 to 11 years old when the rape and sexual abuses happened. She is represented by attorney Michael Berman.

The priest also told her she's his "favorite girl."

"After suffering through this forcible rape and loss of her virginity, E.A.B. continued to visit the church due to pressure from her parents," the lawsuit says.

The girl was also fearful that she could go to hell if she didn't allow the priest to continue doing what he was doing. 

The priest, according to the lawsuit, also told the girl that she could never tell her parents. The priest warned her that if she did, he would tell her parents that the girl approached him.

E.A.B. is among the latest in more than 220 clergy sex abuse cases filed since 2016 against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Capuchins, Boy Scouts of America and other religious orders.

The court-imposed deadline to file clergy sex abuse claims is Aug. 15, under the archdiocese's bankruptcy process.


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