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UPDATE | Diocese: Accused sexual abuser Baker is dead

Published: Sat, January 26, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Franciscan Brother Stephen P. Baker, accused in the sexual abuse of at least 11 men who attended Warren John F. Kennedy High School, is dead, according to a statement from the Youngstown Diocese.

"The Provincial of the Third Order Regular Franciscans, Father Patrick Quinn, announced this morning that Brother Stephen Baker had died," said a statement from Bishop George V. Murry, posted on the diocese's website. "At this time, the circumstances of his death are under investigation."

The statement continued: "Let us continue to pray for all victims of abuse, for Brother Baker’s family and the repose of his soul."

Baker taught, coached baseball and served as athletic trainer at the school from 1986 to 1991. Since word of settlement of a lawsuit on behalf of the 11 men earlier this month, other men in Pennsylvania and other areas have come forward with stories of abuse by Baker.

Dr. Robert Hoatson, president of the clergy abuse support group Road to Recovery, issued a statement today reaffirming his group's support for "the courageous survivors of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen P. Baker despite his unfortunate death today.

"Victim/survivors have stepped forward in significant numbers to bravely report that they were harmed as children and would like to heal," he said in the statement. " That healing will continue despite the news that has come out of Pennsylvania today."

Hoatson added: "The passing of Br. Stephen P. Baker is in no way the fault of any of the courageous men and women who have contacted advocacy agencies, attorneys, or law enforcement agencies. Their pursuit of justice and truth must continue so they can heal and recover from the horrific ordeals experienced in childhood.

"Condolences are sent to the family and community members of Br. Stephen P. Baker who are left to mourn his death," Hoatson said.

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1cambridge(4164 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


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2Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

If the allegations are true he won't have to worry about cold anymore

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3excel(1312 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The affliction of homosexuality is not without victims be it those indoctrinated or those who indoctrinate.

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4DanMarino(58 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Rot in hell...

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5TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The affliction of Catholicism is not without victims be it those indoctrinated or those who indoctrinate.

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

This changes nothing. It's still crucial that victims,witnesses, and whistleblowers come forward so complicit church officials can be exposed and held responsible, and so future cover ups will be deterred.

Maybe, if the church officials would have done the right thing by putting Baker in a secure treatment center as soon as they first knew about his sexually abusing children, this might not have happened.

We feel sad for his family. and we hope victims will take comfort in the fact that Brother Baker can no longer harm innocent kids.

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

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