Dozens more in Pa., Ohio claim abuse by friar - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Dozens more in Pa., Ohio claim abuse by friar

Posted: Updated:

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - About 50 more people have come forward to say they were sexually abused at Catholic schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio by a Franciscan brother who killed himself in January.

That's according to attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who settled 11 alleged abuse cases against the friar.

Brother Stephen Baker stabbed himself in the heart at a western Pennsylvania monastery on Jan. 26. His death came a little over a week after the disclosure of financial settlements in alleged abuse cases in Warren, Ohio. A coroner told the Altoona Mirror that Baker left a short note apologizing for his actions.

Attorney Garabedian says the new accusers have alleged in recent weeks that they were abused between 1982 and 2007. Some said Baker abused them even after he left teaching in 2000 when he would attend school events in Johnstown, Pa.

The latest allegations come from people in 12 states who went to school in Warren or were either middle school or high school students in Johnstown, where Baker taught and coached.

A spokesman for the victims' advocacy group SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says church officials failed to warn potential victims. SNAP national director David Clohessy says abuses would likely still be continuing had it not been for the bravery of accusers who have come forward.

  • RegionalMore>>

  • MI governor Snyder re-election gets tepid response

    MI governor Snyder re-election gets tepid response

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:12:56 GMT
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he said he set out to do when he was elected four years ago but instead of cruising to re-election on the fulfillment of his 2010 promises, Snyder's bid for re-election has been met with ambivalence.
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has accomplished much of what he said he set out to do when he was elected four years ago but instead of cruising to re-election on the fulfillment of his 2010 promises, Snyder's bid for re-election has been met with ambivalence.
  • Wood County athletes bring home 25 medals from State Games

    Wood County athletes bring home 25 medals from State Games

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:04:19 GMT
    Twenty-four Wood Co. athletes from Wood Lane went to Columbus to compete at the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games. They brought home 25 medals.
    Twenty-four Wood Co. athletes from Wood Lane went to Columbus to compete at the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games. They brought home 25 medals.
  • Dayton Air Force Base honor

    Dayton Air Force Base honor

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:42 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper serving U.S. Air Force personnel has ranked Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton as one of the best places in the country to be stationed.
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper serving U.S. Air Force personnel has ranked Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton as one of the best places in the country to be stationed.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Breaking News

    Collingwood deadly shooting

    Collingwood deadly shooting

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:14 AM EDT2014-07-24 09:14:48 GMT
    Toledo police confirm a man was shot and killed around 3:00 AM on the 2900 hundred block of Collingwood near Nottingham Terrace, just south of Central. At this point, investigators are releasing very little info, but do confirm that neighbors called police after hearing gunshots. Police blocked off Collingwood in both directions .Detectives say there are no suspects. Stay with 13abc for the latest developments throughout the day.
    Toledo police confirm a man was shot and killed around 3:00 AM on the 2900 hundred block of Collingwood near Nottingham Terrace, just south of Central. At this point, investigators are releasing very little info, but do confirm that neighbors called police after hearing gunshots. Police blocked off Collingwood in both directions .Detectives say there are no suspects. Stay with 13abc for the latest developments throughout the day.
  • Nov. levy for Springfield schools a "back up plan"

    Nov. levy for Springfield schools a "back up plan"

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:56:46 GMT
    Springfield Local Schools are moving forward to put a levy on the November ballot, but school leaders say it's only as a back up.Voters will see a 7.9 mill levy on the August 5th ballot. If it's shot down, board members want to put it on the November ballot and in order to do that, they have to file the paperwork before the August results are known. Wednesday, board members unanimously approved putting a levy, with the same millage, on in November.Sherri Koback, the board president says the l...
    Springfield Local Schools are moving forward to put a levy on the November ballot, but school leaders say it's only as a back up.Voters will see a 7.9 mill levy on the August 5th ballot. If it's shot down, board members want to put it on the November ballot and in order to do that, they have to file the paperwork before the August results are known. Wednesday, board members unanimously approved putting a levy, with the same millage, on in November.Sherri Koback, the board president says the l...
  • Large fire damages three vacant homes

    Large fire damages three vacant homes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:42:00 GMT
    Toledo firefighters are investigating the cause of a large fire Thursday morning that damaged three vacant homes.  The flames broke out around 2:00 a.m. in the 1000 block of Harding Drive near South Hawley.  Witnesses say flames broke out at one home and then quickly spread to houses on both sides.  No injuries were reported.
    Toledo firefighters are investigating the cause of a large fire Thursday morning that damaged three vacant homes.  The flames broke out around 2:00 a.m. in the 1000 block of Harding Drive near South Hawley.  Witnesses say flames broke out at one home and then quickly spread to houses on both sides.  No injuries were reported.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!