Local Accusations Surface Against Accused Franciscan Brother
It’s being reported that several former Bishop McCort athletes who attended the Cambria County school in the late 1990s have reached out to an attorney following the news that a Franciscan brother was accused of having inappropriate contact with minors in Ohio.
Brother Stephen Baker has been accused of abusing 11 young boys in Ohio. Now grown men, they said they recently reached settlements in civil court.
The Johnstown-Altoona Diocese said late Thursday that it received its first report of local allegations against Baker in November 2011. The diocese released a statement saying Bishop Mark Bartchak immediately notified the authorities at that time and made sure Baker had been removed from all ministerial activities and any contact with minors.
Men who were student athletes at Bishop McCort in the late 1990s when Baker was an instructor and staff member at the school, have started asking about the case and what can be done as far as their own situations are concerned. No details have been released as to what may have happened with the Bishop McCort students.
Baker is residing at St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg, after having been removed from public ministry.