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Pa. school investigates Franciscan linked to abuse

Friday, January 25, 2013

Pa. school investigates Franciscan linked to abuse

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania Catholic high school has hired an attorney to investigate claims that a Franciscan friar named in some Ohio clergy abuse settlements announced last week may have abused students at the Pennsylvania school in the 1990s.

Also, an attorney has filed notice she intends to sue Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown; the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese which used to run the school; the Youngstown, Ohio diocese that announced the settlements in that state last week; and the Third Order Regular Franciscans for alleged abuse of three former McCort students.

Brother Stephen Baker has not commented since the Ohio settlements involving 11 former students who claimed they were molested at a northeastern Ohio school in the 1980s were announced. But officials at the Newry, Pa. monastery where Baker lives say he has been removed from public ministry.