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New allegation surfaces against Archbishop Anthony Apuron

Posted: Aug 09, 2018 5:03 PM Updated:

A new allegation against Guam's suspended archbishop, Anthony Apuron. The filling was made this week by a Saipan man who attended high school on Guam. This marks the sixth allegation against Apuron, who is currently appealing the guilty verdict from his canonical trial in Rome.

Roy Quintanilla...Walter Denton...Roland Sondia…Joseph "Sonny" Quinata...Mark Mafnas Apuron...and now, D.M. The Saipan man preferring to file his lawsuit using only his initials to protect his privacy.

D.M., court documents state, attended Father Duenas Memorial School from 1994 to 1995 - his freshman year. His parents believed that Guam private schools offered a better education. On the weekdays, he'd stay in the seminary.

On the weekends he couldn't return back to Saipan, he'd stay with Archbishop Anthony Apuron. On these weekends, D.M. alleges Apuron would come into his bed, fondle and rape him, despite his cries to stop.

This occurred multiple times that school year. Each time ended with D.M. crying himself to sleep.

D.M. alleges Father Duenas faculty and staff "either knew or should have known that D.M. was suffering from abuse and either intentionally ignored what was going on, or were negligent in their care and supervision of D.M."

The next school year he refused to return back to the Mangilao school and back to Guam. His parents ultimately sent him to Hawaii where he graduated from high school. Court documents state he kept the abuse a secret and suffers to this day, from that abuse.

D.M. is represented by attorney Charles H. McDonald II.

The Archdiocese of Agana, in a statement on Thursday, extends their prayers to D.M. and all persons victim of clergy abuse.

The Church has also forwarded this latest allegation to the Holy See in Rome.

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