So Far Only One Alleged VictimAn anonymous commenter made the following statement, which can be found here:
This is my response:
First of all, the Federal Residual Exception is rarely used. According to Birdsong's Law Blog:
It was intended that the residual exceptions would be used sparingly by the courts and only in rare and exceptional circumstances.9 The Advisory Committee cautioned that the residual exceptions “do not contemplate an unfettered exercise of judicial discretion, but they do provide for treating new and presently unanticipated situations which demonstrate trustworthiness within the spirit of the specifically stated exceptions”10Secondly, in my country, a man is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And the accusations are called "allegations." The judicial system of Guam and the United States was established to protect a person's rights especially the rights of the accused so he/she can get a fair trial. This does not mean that the person accusing is telling a lie.
Recently, I posted a story about Cardinal Bernardin and Cardinal Pell. Bernardin was also accused of sexual molestation in the 1970s by Stephen Cook. However, this does not mean that he was lying. Cook later dropped the charges. Cook later said that he had relied on people who told him things that were not true, "asserting that he is absolutely convinced of Bernardin's innocent.
Although the statutes of limitation prevents Mr. Quintanilla from bringing the Archbishop to court, it does not prevent the Archbishop from bringing Quintanilla to court. For the past three years, we already know that the jungle has been desperately trying to remove Archbishop Apuron. This was not the first time the Archbishop was accused of sexual molestation. These are things that has happened so far:
- The first charge of sexual molestation came from John Toves in November, 2014. John Toves was not molested, but he claimed that his cousin was sexually molested by Archbishop Apuron. He spoke on behalf of his cousin whom he had never spoken to for several years. And he heard of the sexual molestation of his cousin from other people. John Toves is known to be a good friend of Father Paul who even walked with him to the chancery and who was with him at the cathedral. What does John Toves want? He wants Father Paul and Monsignor James to be reinstated, and he wants the Archbishop to step down. Although his relative never came forward, John called on other victims to step forward. The Archbishop, on the other hand, said that he did not sexually molest John's cousin.
- Then on May 17, 2016, Roy Quintanilla came into the limelight of the media's cameras claiming that he was sexually abused by Archbishop Apuron. His lawyer, who happened to be a relative of Monsignor James, was there representing him. His reason for finally coming out after 40 years was because he learned that he was not the only victim, and has called out to other victims to step forward. And what does Mr. Quintanilla want? He wants the Archbishop to apologize to him and to step down. The Archbishop, on the other hand, said he did not sexually molest him.
- Now today, a dead person from the grave comes out to claim that he was sexually molested by the Archbishop. Of course, the dead person cannot speak for himself. His mother spoke on behalf of him. Doris Concepcion is also a very close friend to the family of Roy Quintanilla. And what does she want? She wants the Archbishop to admit the truth and do what is best for the people of Guam. The Archbishop, on the other hand, said he did not sexually molest her son.