AG update: Kane to announce criminal charges related to Brother Stephen Baker case

March 15, 2016

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Tuesday she will announce at her 10:30 news conference criminal charges stemming from the Office of Attorney General's investigation of the Blair-County based Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regulars, Province of the Immaculate Conception.

Kane's office seized documents from the order last summer.

Brother Stephen Baker, a former athletic trainer at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, committed suicide 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.

On March 1, Kane release a 147-page report that claimed two Roman Catholic bishops in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by over 50 priests or religious leaders over a 40-year period.

Kane has said none of the alleged criminal acts can be prosecuted because some abusers have died, statutes of limitations have run their course and victims are too traumatized to testify.

Tuesday's news conference will be held at Pitt-Johnstown's Heritage Hall.


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