Sunday, May 28, 2017

WAS THERE AN INVESTIGATION?

"The lawsuit says around 1994, Torres' father took him to the Guam Police Department and filed a complaint. Caluag was never arrested."- Guam PDN

In this case, Troy Torres and his father have a duty to pursue the Guam Police Department and find out what happened to his complaint. The criminal statute of limitations would not have expired at the time of the report and the police would have been required to investigate. Was there an investigation? Where is it? 

7 comments:

  1. The blind eye was turned after a police report was filed. Or maybe a back room deal was made with the AG's office. No one really knows how deep the NEOROOTS are within our island of Guam.

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  2. of cors not Tim. Archbishop Apuron and his minions knew of this but he made a fundemental choice to not only ignore the case but to use his ecclesial power authority to make case go away. Many abuses taking place even in eary 90s Apuron threatened anyone who reported abuse to him. He would then set his Rockvila Adrian dog onto those people to hurt them damage them and discredit them. Thank God for David Lujan exposing these monsters. But I will not call them monsters ai will call them losers. Archdiocese knew of all this abuse allowed it. Shame on Archdiocese of Agana. Shame on the Sisters of Mercy.Those Mercy sister need to be blasted named shamed for their agenda to hide abuse.

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    1. This happened before the neo's arrived. Good chance though that Apuron used his authority to threaten the police not to take action. Any investigation might have turned towards him. But this is now in Troy's hands. He must pursue the police department, the AG, and GovGuam in general. And we must know what happened. The archdiocese is no the only large institution to have historically engaged in cover up. But of course the government is Troy's employer. I'm not inferring anything. I just hope he has the integrity to do it.

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    2. Tim, I agree with you. For years I thought Caluag fled to the Philippines immediately after my case was reported. I thought that because the police department told my dad that's the reason my case went cold. A couple teachers reached out after my story appeared in the Post earlier this year. One of them told me something that changed the way I saw the response to my case. Certain events in my life related to the abuse that had always seemed odd started to make sense.

      All these years I thought I had coped well with what happened. It wasn't until recently I realized a whole bunch of people were more aware and involved than I knew. And that a whole lot that could have been done to prevent my abuse, pursue justice once it was reported, and - most importantly - to stop this guy from abusing others... simply was ignored.

      I lived with the illusion that I didn't have to think about it. That it was too late to send him to jail and away from other kids. I didn't completely forget about him, because I made it a point to find out whether he was working at any schools, and I'd let the right people know whenever I found him trying to get near kids. Aside from that, I opened up about the experience whenever I thought it could help someone else, and I noticed I felt better after telling someone.

      I did for myself what I wouldn't do in any other situation: I didn't ask any questions. I threw away any curiosity, believing nothing good could come of reopening those wounds and revisiting those memories. That's what happens, when you try to seek answers - you start to remember things. And I didn't want to, because I didn't want to feel bad and I sure as hell didn't want to believe that this guy affected my life in any way. To be sure I never had to face that notion as the truth, I shut off my curiosity, and went on my merry way with life.

      It was 22 years before my memory vault was forced open every time a survivor came forward against Apuron. And then the list of clergy involved expanded. Then the Boy Scouts. Ironically, I read these stories as though I was an outsider looking in. It didn't occur to me that these men did something I ignored - they faced their nightmares and acknowledged their victimization. But at the time I only thought these men were angry or hurt, or sought to remove Apuron because they didn't like him... and I thought I wasn't angry and I wouldn't make a big deal about Caluag because it wasn't my purpose to make him suffer. But then other people were named. It became harder and harder to ignore my memories, and eventually I called my dad to ask him what the police told him, when he followed up with my case. Everyone - the police, CPS, the AG - they all told him there was nothing they could do because Caluag fled to the Philippines.

      After one of my former teachers told me some new information it finally hit me that everyone filing something didn't just have a bone to pick. They're looking for answers. I realized I didn't have many answers, and I surely didn't know the truth about everything that happened after I reported my abuse. It was clear that whatever I understood to be true all these years were simply not true. It's clear that a lot of people were instrumental in seeing to it that the whole thing went away.

      So I joined these brave men. And more people called and messaged. We'd exchange memories and I got to ask people about what they knew.

      And that's when it really struck me. Not a single person in the vicinity of these events ever was approached by a police officer or an AG investigator following my report of the abuse to GPD. I tracked down my case number and requested through the Sunshine Reform Act for the contents of this file. GPD doesn't have it, according to the response I got. CPS hasn't responded to me yet. I'm sending a note to the AG's office in the morning.

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    3. I often tell the story of the late Christina San Nicolas, who was sexually abused all her life by her father before she was murdered in the Lonfit River at the age of 12. I tell this story to put a face to the importance of justice and compassion, especially to those whose behavior or demeanor offends our sense of right and wrong or our social mores. The point that gets to everyone who hears this story is how the entire system failed this girl. Everyone who was supposed to love her, ended up hurting her. And in the absence of a family or school support that could have saved her life, even the government that was supposed to protect her interests - the whole government - from the justice system that knew about the father raping her and still left her to his custody all the way to the court that found him not guilty of her murder - failed her.

      I had no idea just how much the justice system failed me, too. But I know now. So, yes, Tim, I realize it and I'm pursuing it. I'd hardly call myself a man of integrity, seeing as how I'm pursuing this after all these years I've chosen to ignore my own memories. But I see it now, I know the right thing to do is to expose the truth, and I'm doing that.

      Thank you for this forum, and for starting and sustaining the movement that really gave rise to the truth that's been buried deep within every person who has come forward. I believe there are far more who struggle with the decision to open up. I hope, for their sake, they do.

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  3. God Bless Troy Torres for his courage. we pray for his healing from abuse and all harm inflicted on him and Torres family by the wicked Apuron Adrian.

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  4. Uniformed Catholic police officers from a prominent parish in my city told me in March 1995 that their rotten Chief was paid off by the local chancery not to report pedophile priests to the District Attorney. That justifiably infuriated them because their own defrocked embezzler-Pastor is one of the worst homosexual pedophiles on US Church record.

    Instead, complaints had to be referred only to a certain super-liberal auxiliary bishop for disposition. That same auxiliary, a canon lawyer, was made bishop of a very wealthy diocese several years ago.

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