John C. Toves
November 21, 2014
Deacon Larry Claros
Sex Abuse Response Coordinator
Archdiocese of Agana, Guam
Dear Deacon Claros:
As the Sex Abuse Response Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Agana and an ordained member of the clergy, I am writing to you to report the sexual misconduct of one Father Anthony Sablan Apuron who is now the Archbishop of Agana. I hereby hold you responsible, on account of your office, to see to the investigation of my allegation as per every detail of the Archdiocese of Agana Policy on Sexual Misconduct as posted on the Archdiocesan website at www.aganaarch.org, and I expect to be regularly updated as to the status of your investigation.
My account of then-Father Apuron’s sexual misconduct is as follows:
I know that my cousin and brother seminarian, XXXX XXXX, had been sexually molested by Father Anthony Apuron sometime in the period between 1980 and 1983. We were both in the minor seminary at Tai, Guam. I did see that FatherApuron would pick XXXX up from the seminary and then bring him back. This happened with some regularity as I had noticed this practice enough for it to stay in my memory.
In 1983, we both went onto the major seminary, St. Joseph's, in Los Altos, California. I had noticed that XXXX had begun distancing himself from me and most of the other seminarians from Guam. The rector there at the time was Father Gerald Coleman who eventually also became the rector or St. Patrick's Seminary.
I left the seminary in 1985, and it was sometime thereafter when XXXX had his breakdown and attempted suicide by cutting his wrists. He was brought to Fr. Coleman. XXXX informed Fr. Coleman that he had been numerously molested by the then rector of the cathedral, Fr. Apuron, who eventually became the archbishop.
There were other seminarians who knew about this as well as a priest, the late Fr. Tony Perez.
I know that another seminarian not at St. Joseph's, Jonathan Diaz, also got word of this. I do not know how, but apparently, news spread down to the St John's Seminary in Camarillo.
I did not reveal my knowledge to anyone as the information had already been circulating here and on the island. I come forward now as I realized that no one else has and I believe the Archbishop must be held accountable for his actions.
John C. Toves
CC: Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, Ofm. Cap. DD.
CC: Archbishop Martin Krebs, Apostolic Delegate
CC: Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., Cardinal, Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops
CC: Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect for The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
CC: Guam Pacific Daily News