8 Jun 2016

Rape claim against Guam's Archbishop

3:12 pm on 8 June 2016

A man has come forward to allege he was raped by the Archbishop of Guam when he was 13-years-old.

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It follows two earlier allegations that Archbishop Anthony Apuron molested two altar boys in the 1970s.

52-year-old Walter Denton has given a graphic account to the media of the alleged rape, which he says occurred in 1977.

In a report on the Pacific News Center website, he said he confronted the Archbishop about the attack immediately afterwards.

"I asked him why did he do that to me, I kept asking him why. He said if I said anything to anyone, no one would believe me."

Archbishop Apuron has denied the earlier claims.

But he said Pope Francis had granted his request to appoint a temporary administrator to the Catholic Church in Guam, while an independent investigation was conducted.