WARREN: The suicide of a Franciscan brother accused of sexually abusing students at schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania won’t affect additional claims arising from his time at a Warren high school, an attorney said Monday.
Claims of abuse by Brother Stephen Baker at a Pennsylvania school will also go forward despite his death Saturday at a western Pennsylvania monastery, attorneys for those claimants said previously.
Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston attorney involved in the Ohio cases, said Baker’s suicide wouldn’t affect claims by alleged victims at Warren’s John F. Kennedy High School three decades ago. He said more former Kennedy students have come forward to allege abuse by Baker.
Since then, claims also have emerged at another school where Baker taught and coached, Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa.
Baker, 62, was found dead of a self-inflicted knife wound in Hollidaysburg, Pa.