PA--Criminal hearing for Franciscan Friars in sex abuse cover-up case set for Wednesday

National victims support group will be available to comment, answer questions


Clergy sex abuse survivors and their supporters will attend a criminal hearing for three Franciscan Friars charged with failing to properly supervise a Johnstown-area sexual predator cleric, accused of abuse by more than 90 children. 

Afterward, they will comment on the outcome of the hearing and answer questions from the media.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The hearing begins at 8:30 am

At the Blair County Courthouse 
423 Allegheny St in Hollidaysburg, PA 

Two or three members of a national victims’ support group called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and their supporters, including John Nesbella, the SNAP leader for the Altoona-Johnstown area.

Franciscan Friars Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli are charged with criminal child endangerment and conspiracy for failing to properly supervise Brother Stephen Baker, a suspected sexual predator whose assignments put him in a position to molest children.

Baker killed himself in 2013, shortly after the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstwon settled claims with 11 of his alleged victims. 

Criminal charges stemmed from an FBI investigation of the civil lawsuits against Baker and a 2016 grand jury report that found that the three defendants should have done more to protect children.

Baker was a religion teacher and athletic trainer at Johnstown's Bishop McCort High School in the 1990s. 


Judy Jones ( 636-433-2511[email protected]), JohnNesbella (814 243-5213[email protected]), 
Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, [email protected])

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