A third complaint alleging sexual abuse against former Archdiocese of Agana Chancellor Adrian Cristobal was filed Tuesday in the District Court of Guam.
J.E., 33, who used initials to protect his identity, alleges he was abused for two years while he was an altar server at San Vicente Ferrer/San Roke Catholic Church in Barrigada.
The victim, who now lives in Virginia, said the abuse began when he was 10 years old when Cristobal served as a priest at the parish.
The lawsuit alleges J.E. was instructed to massage Cristobal’s back at the parish and at the priest’s residence. After the massage Cristobal allegedly groped, fondled and squeezed the boy’s private parts causing extreme pain, the lawsuit states.
J.E. and several other altar boys were invited to attend a retreat at a private beach in Ipan. He recalled a big tent was for Cristobal and other priests, and the altar servers stayed in several smaller tents.
Cristobal allegedly summoned the boys one by one into the tent. The complaint states J.E. refused to go when his name was called, and recalled hearing some of the boys who were in the tent saying, “Stop! No!”
The victim noticed some of the altar boys stopped coming to church and stopped serving Mass after the retreat.
J.E. could not handle the pain, humiliation and embarrassment that Cristobal had inflicted on him and wanted to quit being an altar boy, but learned that one of the benefits of being an altar boy was lower tuition costs at San Vicente Catholic School, court documents state.
The boy began to lose faith in the church and felt betrayed, angry and violated, the complaint states.
Attorney David Lujan said his client suffered harm to his physical health and welfare as a child due to Cristobal’s misconduct. He also accused the archdiocese of failing to adequately investigate, discharge, discipline and/or supervise Cristobal and other priests known to have sexually abused children.
Two former altar boys filed similar complaints alleging multiple instances of sexual abuse against Cristobal.
‘Mission’ in Phoenix
After the first allegations were filed in a lawsuit, Archbishop Michael Byrnes revoked Cristobal’s ability to celebrate Mass or hear confession. Cristobal was staying in Phoenix, Arizona, temporarily on a “mission” between December 2017 and April, but was ordered by Byrnes to return to Guam to answer to the sexual abuse allegations.
The Diocese of Phoenix said Cristobal had left its jurisdiction.
Cristobal has yet to return to Guam.
Third abuse lawsuit filed against Father Adrian Cristobal
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A third child sex abuse lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Father Adrian Cristobal, who hasn’t obeyed Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes’ repeated directives to return to Guam since the first allegation came out in April.
The latest lawsuit was filed by a former altar boy identified in court documents only as J.E. to protect his privacy.
J.E., in his lawsuit, said Cristobal sexually molested and abused him when he served as an altar boy at San Vicente Ferrer/San Roke Catholic Church in Barrigada from about 1995 to 1997. He was about 10 to 12 years old at the time.
Now 33, J.E. said in his lawsuit that Cristobal on numerous occasions instructed him to massage his back. This was at the Barrigada parish and the priest’s residence, the lawsuit says.
“Afterwards, Father Adrian would grope, fondle and squeeze J.E.’s private parts, which caused J.E. extreme pain and eventually led to J.E. repeatedly urinating on himself,” the lawsuit says.
J.E., represented by Attorney David Lujan, demands $5 million in minimum damages.
Archdiocese: Priest remains off-island
Cristobal still wasn’t on Guam as of Tuesday, according to Tony Diaz, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Agana. Cristobal is a former chancellor for the archdiocese.
“Chancellor Paul Fisher is communicating to him again today via e-mail,” Diaz said.
The archdiocese believes Cristobal is in the vicinity of New York, after leaving the Diocese of Phoenix in Arizona, where he had been staying.
Archbishop Byrnes stripped Cristobal of some priestly faculties, including prohibition from celebrating Mass publicly and hearing confession while child sex abuse allegations against him are being investigated.
Cristobal also faces penalties and sanctions for failing to follow repeated directives for him to immediately return to Guam in connection with allegations he sexually abused children, the archdiocese said.
Lower school tuition as an altar boy
J.E. said in his lawsuit that on one occasion, the priest invited him and other altar servers to a retreat at a private beach in Ipan. One big tent was for Cristobal and other priests were also present. There were several small tents for the altar servers.
“During the retreat, J.E. recalls Father Adrian summoning the boys one by one into the big tent. J.E. refused to go when his name was … called, but recalls hearing some of the boys saying ‘Stop! No!,” the lawsuit states. After the retreat, J.E. noticed some of the boys stopped coming to church and serving Mass.
J.E. said in his lawsuit he couldn’t handle the pain, humiliation and embarrassment Cristobal inflicted on him and wanted to quit being an altar boy, but learned that one of the benefits of being an altar boy was lower tuition costs at the Catholic school he was attending, San Vicente Catholic School.
“J.E. began to lose faith in the church and felt betrayed, angry and violated,” the lawsuit says.
The archdiocese did a preliminary investigation regarding the first allegation against Cristobal and the findings were forwarded to an independent review board, in accordance with strengthened sexual abuse policy.
The second lawsuit against the priest alleged Cristobal sexually abused and raped a Catholic school student for about 18 years, from 1995 through 2013, at two parishes, the school, the priest’s residence, his vehicle and at a private beach in Ipan.
There have been nearly 170 child sex abuse lawsuits filed in local and federal court against the Archdiocese of Agana, priests, other clergy, religious groups and others associated with the Catholic Church.
Nearly two weeks ago I blogged “Where oh where is Father Adrian Cristobal?
Heaven help us! He’s still on the loose!
Well, for what it’s worth, presumably he’s ‘in the vicinity of New York.’ In the vicinity of?
Is it possible he’s checked in to a nearby “treatment” centre?
is it remotely possible he’s checked in with friends from his recent stint studying canon law at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University?
I think, and fear, the latter option is highly possible. But, on the other hand I’m thinking too that checking him into a treatment centre might be a pre-emptive strike, one which could serve the Diocese of Guam well in pending legal wrangling, ie, ‘as soon as we knew we sent him to get help for his problem.’
And, he may still be in Ottawa> Tim
Exactly Tim. He may be in Ottawa!
Anyone tried the University Seminary next door to St Paul’s. Plent of spare rooms there!!
Anyone tried the University Seminary next door to St Paul’s. Plenty of spare rooms there!!