Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Latest sex abuse lawsuit claims child suffered mental health problems

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The man is now under the care of the Public Guardian Marcelene Santos.

Guam - Another lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Agana today naming former Guam priest Father Louis Brouillard, but this time, the alleged victim is an individual with a mental disability.

The lawsuit was filed by Guam Public Guardian Marcelene Santos on behalf of a man with the initials G.B. who is now in his 50s. The lawsuit says Brouillard sexually molested G.B. when he was about 12 years old in 1973 during outings with the Boy Scouts. Brouillard at the time was the scout master and while on swimming trips with other boy scout members, he allegedly groped and fondled several of the boys under water.

It’s not clear if G.B.’s mental disability is the result of the sexual abuse, but the lawsuit does seem to suggest it, saying “G.B. has suffered harm to a child’s physical health or welfare … because G.B. was the victim of a sexual offense.”

“G.B. has suffered and continues to suffer great pain of mind and body, shock, emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, humiliation and will continue to incur expenses for medical and psychological treatment, therapy and counseling," it further states.

Represented by Attorney David Lujan, this now marks the 51st lawsuit to be filed against the church for claims of sexual abuse. Santos is seeking $10 million in damages on G.B.’s behalf.

You can read the lawsuit by clicking on the file below.


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