Da: McCort Abuse Scandal Report to Be Handed to State Investigators

November 2, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- An investigation by a Pittsburgh attorney into allegations of sexual misconduct by a Franciscan Friar at a Johnstown private high school is complete and in the hands of  the Cambria County District Attorney.  Now, the county investigator said she will turn the report over to the state's Attorney General.  In a statement to 6 News, District Attorney Kelly Callihan said it will be up to the state to decide the merits of the information, especially since the case may involve more counties than Cambria.  Brother Stephen Baker was a Franciscan friar and a former athletic trainer at Bishop McCort and was the subject of child abuse investigations in Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.  Baker lived at St. Bernadine Monastery in Hollidaysburg when he committed suicide earlier this year.  The attorney representing some of Bakers alleged victims conducted an investigation into who possibly knew of the abuse at the school. Baker was allegedly sexually molesting students at the high school back in the 1990s.  I plan to confer with the attorney general about the recent finding I learned from the internal investigation, said Callihan.


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