Wednesday, 12 April 2017

New child sex abuse lawsuit names Capuchins as defendants

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For the first time, Guam's Capuchin Franciscan Order has been named as a culpable party.

Guam - More lawsuits have been filed alleging sexual misconduct of local Catholic Priests — and for the first time, Guam’s Capuchin Franciscan order has been named as a culpable party.

Earlier today, Attorney Michael Pfau announced his client, identified only as J.M. was seeking damages from the Archdiocese of Agana, and the Capuchins — to include the Province of St. Mary located in the Northeastern United States.  Attorney Pfau and his firm, according to a release, “has handled claims against the Capuchins and other religious orders in other jurisdictions.”

This complaint alleges that during a 3-year period in the 1970s, the alleged victim: 10-years-old at the time, was abused by Father Sigmund Hafemann at the Mount Carmel Church in Agat.  The accused clergy member has since passed away, according to Attorney Pau’s release.  No specific amount of damages sought was detailed in the media notice.

Meanwhile, a 48-year-old man, only identified by the initials P.J.M.S. is accusing former priest Louis Brouillard of molestation and rape, similar to others who have filed lawsuits against the church.  A boy between the ages of 10 and 12 at the time, the Plaintiff in this case alleges Brouillard used “sexually predatory practices” on his victims — including swimming naked before instructing P.J.M.S. and others to remove their clothes, and pretending to help altar boys change into cassocks “just so he could grope them.”  He is suing the local church and the Guam chapter of the Boy Scouts of America for $10 million, and is being represented by Attorney David Lujan.

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