Altoona-Johnstown diocese launches abuse investigation
ALTOONA — Facing several lawsuits, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is conducting its own investigation into events surrounding allegations that a Franciscan friar sexually abused some Bishop McCort students in the 1990s and early 2000s.
“I can confirm that the diocese is conducting an investigation,” spokesman Tony DeGol said in an emailed statement.
“As for the status, I can tell you that it is ongoing.”
Baker died in late January of a self-inflicted stab wound to the heart at his residence in St. Bernardine Monastery near Hollidaysburg. He was 62.
He had been accused by more than 50 former McCort students of sexually molesting them while they were still in school.
The Bishop McCort board previously confirmed the school was conducting its own investiga...