Group seeks investigation into supervisors of deceased Franciscan brother

By Michelle Nicks
July 8, 2015


A non-profit group that seeks to help victims of sexual abuse is calling on the Ohio Attorney General's Office to begin a criminal investigation into Brother Stephen Baker.

The group Road to Recovery says they have information that the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office is already investigating Baker, who is suspected of sexually abusing more than 100 children in several states including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.   Baker committed suicide at his Pennsylvania monastery.  The same monastery recently raided by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

Robert Hoatson, Ph.D., the Co-Founder & President of Road to Recovery, Inc. says, "What we would like Attorney General DeWine to do is to open up a criminal investigation of not only Brother Stephen Baker, but his supervisors.  THe people who knew for decades about the sexual abuse."

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says they can not launch a criminal investigation unless the law enforcement agency where the crime allegedly happened requests their help.
The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown tells 21 News they have and will continue to cooperate with any investigation into the sexual abuse of children.



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