HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A retired priest accused in more than 130 sexual abuse lawsuits and who admitted to molesting children on Guam has died.

The Pacific Daily News reports the Archdiocese of Agana says Louis Brouillard, who was ordained on Guam in 1948, died Wednesday in his native Minnesota.

He was 97.

EDITOR NOTE. B.J. did not want his face identified. B.J. walks to riverside where he alleges Father Louis Brouillard tied him to a tree and repeatedly sodomized him.

B.J. is one of more than 130 people on Guam who filed a sex abuse complaint against retired Father Louis Brouillard, who died recently. B.J. said the priest raped him at this spot.

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The archdiocese, in a statement released Friday, said Brouillard’s health had been declining in recent months.

Brouillard was key part of a wider sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church in Guam, an American territory with a population of 165,000, as detailed in a Civil Beat special project “Faith Betrayed.”

More than 178 men and women have filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Agana on Guam alleging abuses that occurred between the 1950s and 1980s. The majority of those complaints were against Brouillard.

Brouillard served on Guam until 1981 as a parish priest in Mangilao, Chalan Pago, Barrigada, Malojloj and Tumon, and as a teacher at Father Duenas Memorial School.

Brouillard, in a 2016 interview with a Pacific Daily News reporter, stated “it’s possible” he sexually abused boys while serving on Guam. He later signed an affidavit admitting to abusing 20 or more boys on the island.

Information from a 2017 Civil Beat special project “Faith Betrayed” was included in this report. 

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