AG Kane: Charge coming for Pennsylvania Franciscan order

The Eagle
March 15, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she'll announce criminal charges stemming involving a Franciscan religious order based in central Pennsylvania later Tuesday morning.

Kane's not saying who's being charged or what they're accused of doing. But Kane says the investigation centers on the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Reception based near Hollidaysburg. A phone call to the monastery wasn't immediately returned.

Kane's office seized documents from the order last summer and Brother Stephen Baker stabbed himself in the heart at the monastery in January 2013.

That happened days after Youngstown, Ohio church officials settled lawsuits filed by 11 students who claimed Baker molested them in the late 1980s. That prompted more than 90 former students at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown to settle abuse claims against Baker for more than $8 million.



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