The lawyer representing five alleged victims of sexual abuse victims by Brother Stephen Baker has been granted another six months to determine if the cases can be resolved without filing civil lawsuits.
Attorney Richard Serbin has filed notice of seven possible lawsuits in the Baker case, but earlier this month he was notified that in five cases the 120-day limit had expired for the filing of civil complaints.
President Judge Jolene Kopriva has granted the 30 day extension so that complaints can be filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Bishop McCort High School, St. Bernardine Monastery of Hollidaysburg, the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular and retired Bishop Joseph Adamec.
Former students at Bishop McCort High School allege Baker sexually abused them in the 1990s when he served as athletic trainer.
Baker, who lived at St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg, took his own life in January.