First Woman Files Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Guam Catholic Church

42 cases against diocese, clergy filed so far

By Haidee V Eugenio

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, April 3, 2017) – More lawsuits have been filed in federal court, accusing clergy on Guam of abusing children decades ago, including the first lawsuit filed by a woman, who claims she was assaulted as a child in 1965, by priest Joe R. San Agustin, also known as Andrew San Agustin.

This is the first time San Agustin has been accused in any of the 42 cases filed so far in local and federal court.

The woman with the initials "B.T." now is 65 and lives on Saipan. She is represented by attorneys David Lujan and Gloria Lujan Rudolph in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam.

B.T., who was about 12 years old when San Agustin allegedly abused her, was one of two people to file lawsuits on Tuesday. A lawsuit also was filed Monday, bringing to 42 the total number of lawsuits filed so far in federal and local court.

Dededo resident Donald Vincent San Agustin, 58, in his lawsuit filed Tuesday, alleged that former priest Louis Brouillard sexually abused him when he started as a 10-year-old altar boy around 1969, and the abuse continued when he joined the Boy Scouts of America about 18 months later.

His lawsuit states other church officials and priests were aware of Brouillard's sexual abuses, including Bishop Apollinaris Baumgartner, Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, Monsignor Zoilo Camacho and Father Antonio C. Cruz.

Woman

B.T., who used her initials to protect her privacy, was a student at Mount Carmel School on Saipan, where the Rev. Joe R. San Agustin also was serving as a teacher, her lawsuit states. San Agustin was working for the Archdiocese of Agana and was temporarily assigned to Saipan.

The lawsuit states B.T.'s parents were devout Catholics and would invite the priest to their home for social purposes or dinner. Around the summer of 1963, San Agustin asked B.T.'s parents to allow B.T. and her younger sister to accompany him to Guam for a vacation, and the parents agreed, the lawsuit states.

While on Guam, the girls stayed at the home of the priest's mother and sister, where B.T. said the priest would sexually abuse her every time he visited.

B.T. demands a jury trial and a minimum $5 million in damages.

Multiple abuses during camping

On Monday, a man with the initials J.C.T. filed a lawsuit, alleging Brouillard abused multiple boy scouts during a night of camping at Manenggon in Yona around 1973.

The man alleged that Brouillard sexually abused him inside the tent he shared with another boy scout, who was abused as well. Brouillard was a scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America while he was parish priest in Malojloj.

J.C.T., now 58, lives in Inarajan, was about 15 when the abuse happened, the complaint states.

Brouillard also sexually molested and abused J.C.T. during boy scouts swimming trips, the lawsuit states.

J.C.T. demands a jury trial and at least $10 million in damages.

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