The Archdiocese of Agana is investigating three new allegations of clergy sex abuse brought forward in the last few weeks, Deacon Leonard Stohr said Thursday. Stohr, the archdiocese’s sexual abuse response coordinator since August, said the three individuals aren’t among those who have filed lawsuits against the archdiocese or priests.
“The three cases are being investigated by the archdiocese’s investigators,” Stohr said.
He said the alleged clergy abuses happened 30 to 40 years ago.
As of Thursday, 28 former altar boys have already filed clergy sex abuse lawsuits in the U.S. District Court of Guam and the Superior Court of Guam.
A few weeks after he was named sexual abuse response coordinator by Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, Stohr said there were two individuals who reached out to the archdiocese about clergy sex abuse. He said those two individuals have since filed lawsuits against the church.
Stohr said the archdiocese will do its best to help those who reach out to obtain healing and closure. He said the archdiocese is encouraged people are reaching out.
“The church is open for them to come,” he said.
The three new allegations came weeks before Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes announced the establishment of an initial $1 million aid fund for Guam’s clergy sex abuse victims.
Stohr said those who recently reached out to the church haven’t indicated any request other than share their story, and that the archdiocese is investigating each of the allegation.
In other news, the U.S. District Court of Guam set initial court dates for 12 plaintiffs represented by Attorney David Lujan, of Lujan & Wolff.
A scheduling conference will be held for six of the plaintiffs on April 24 at 11 a.m. before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan.
For the six others, the scheduling conference will be on May 2 at 10:30 a.m. also before Manibusan.
- The archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused by priests or other members of the clergy to contact Deacon Leonard Stohr at 727-7373.