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Group claims Franciscan molested children at JFK in Warren

Published: Wed, January 16, 2013 @ 10:39 a.m.

Group claims Franciscan molested children at JFK in Warren


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.”


1mnascar(38 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm suprised they didn't list the dollar amounts settled for and that no mention of criminal charges were listed.

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2JudyJones(162 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Because these brave victims came forward and took action, Franciscan Brother Stephen P. Baker's name has now been exposed. It is sad the statute of limitations for child sex crimes stops victims from having their day in court, and therefore child predators able to continue in their jobs and therefore have access to innocent children.

Bishop Murry is not following his own child protection policy which was established 10 years ago, Baker is not the only child predator who is still being protected and working in the Youngstown diocese.

For the full truth to be exposed within this diocese, there needs to be a grand jury investigation into how the Youngstown church officials handle reports of child sex abuse.

Let's hope that anyone who has been harmed by Baker or anyone in this diocese, will speak up and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago the abuse happened.

It is time for the children in the Youngstown area to be protected, instead of protecting those who sexually abuse them.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers, Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc."

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3excel(1302 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Homosexuals should not be given free reign around children!

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4UNCOMMONSENSE(626 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Judy...if you have proof as you state "Baker is not the only child predator who is still being protected and working in the Youngstown diocese." then you need to present it to the prosecuter.

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