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Five additional men claim abuse at JFK

Published: Fri, January 18, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Five additional men claim abuse at JFK


The attorney representing 11 men who reached a monetary settlement with John F. Kennedy High School over allegations that a brother for a Franciscan religious order sexually assaulted them between 1986 and 1990 at the school says five more men have contacted him to say they also were assaulted.

Atty. Mitchell Garabedian of Boston said the five contacted him through phone calls and emails since the news was released on the settlement involving Brother Stephen P. Baker, the high school, the Diocese of Youngstown and the Franciscan Third Order Regular, of which Baker was a member.

Baker was a religion teacher, baseball coach and sports trainer at JFK from 1986 to 1991 when the assaults purportedly occurred.

Feds indict ex-Valley man in fraud case


A federal grand jury has indicted a man, who operated a Youngstown area ambulette company, on charges he defrauded the Ohio Medicaid program of about $406,000 between August 2008 and August 2011.

Rolando Sepulveda, 51, who operated Med Transportation, and is now believed to be living in Puerto Rico, was charged with seven counts of health care fraud, the U.S. attorney said Thursday.

Sepulveda fraudulently billed Medicaid for rides of patients, who didn’t use or need wheelchairs, and for ambulette attendants, when the company used no such attendants, the attorney said.

An ambulette is a specially equipped van designed to carry wheelchair passengers.

Holiday awards


City council members will issue certificates at their next meeting to the owners of the top three residences that were part of last month’s Holiday Lights and Decoration Tour.

During the Dec. 14 event, participants on a bus toured the North Side to view outdoor Christmas decorations. Afterward, they judged what they felt were the most decorative and creative displays.

Top finisher was Delores Hall of 44 Saranac Ave., who received a gift basket of wine.

The second- and third-place finishers were Nate Fields, 493 Redondo Road, and Sally Myers, 275 Redondo, respectively.

Fields and Myers received a notebook and pen, said Mary Ann O’Neil, who was the tour’s organizer.

Driver indicted in Warren accident


Marcel D. Tipton, charged with felony failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence in the New Year’s Day accident that seriously injured a 46-year-old bicyclist, has waived a preliminary hearing, and his case was bound over to a Trumbull County grand jury.

His hearing Thursday was in Warren Municipal Court.

Police said Tipton, 27, fled in a 2000 Lincoln Continental after hitting Harold Rice of Scott Street Northeast at 2:48 a.m. at Summit Street and Tod Avenue Northwest. Rice suffered several broken bones and other injuries.

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1JudyJones(162 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

These brave victims are to be commended for speaking up and taking action to expose the truth. This is not an easy thing to do
but there is something to keep in mind:

Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and sometimes even their family members.

They also appear to do a lot of good things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse

Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. At a party, the predator isn't some oddball sitting alone in a corner because others feel uncomfortable with him. Most often, the predator is the guy throwing the party.

We must overcome the dangerous myth that because someone is successful or warm or caring, he or she couldn't have done that!
Also, we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he's automatically safe. It's just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an adult is harmless simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses, using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age, but they are not signs that an individual is safe around kids.

It is extremely rare that a child predator has only one or two victims. some have many. Hopefully anyone who has knowledge or may have been harmed by Brother Stephen Baker, will have the courage to come forward and contact the "police", not the church officials. They are not the proper officials to be investigating child sex crimes..
Also keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, snapjudy@gmail.com,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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