Group claims Franciscan molested children at JFK in Warren

Group claims Franciscan molested children at JFK in Warren

NEWTON FALLS

A New Jersey-based advocacy group called Road to Recovery Inc. plans a 12:15 p.m. news conference today at Holiday Inn Express to talk about “rampant and serial sexual abuse by a religious brother” and the settlement of 11 claims against him.

The Franciscan brother was stationed at John F. Kennedy High School for several years, the group says, claiming the abuse lasted approximately from 1986-1990.

The brother was an athletic trainer, baseball coach and religion teacher, according to the group. During his years at JFK, it is claimed he sexually abused many children who were JFK students.

In October 2012, after four days of mediation, 11 men settled claims against the TOR Franciscan religious order based in Pennsylvania, the Diocese of Youngstown, and JFK, the group says.

Road to Recovery says the man “used his position as an athletic trainer, coach and teacher to sexually abuse at least 11 male students (aged 14-18) in the trainer’s room; in the hallways of the school and his classroom; and on trips to Columbus, Ohio, and Virginia.”

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