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Guam archbishop denies abuse.

HAGATNA, GUAM * Guam's archbishop denied May 17 sexually abusing a 12-year-old altar boy 40 years ago.

Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana was pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Agat when the purported abuse took place, according to the Pacific Daily News.

Hawaiian resident Roy Taitague Quintanilla, 52, spoke publicly about the abuse at a May 17 press conference in front of the Agana archdiocesan chancery, according to the newspaper. He said Apuron sexually abused him about 40 years ago after he and a group of altar boys had gone to a movie.

After the movie, Apuron asked Quintanilla to stay at the priest's house so he could help at the church the next morning, according to Quintanilla. At the home, Quintanilla says Apuron "touched his private areas through his pants," the newspaper reported.

"I was trying my best to push your hand away; it was painful," he said at the news conference. "I cried then, and I've never stopped crying."

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Title Annotation:Archbishop Anthony Apuron
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Geographic Code:1U0GU
Date:Jun 3, 2016
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