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3 friars want judge to nix case in supervision of predator

Three Franciscan friars have asked a judge to dismiss criminal charges that they didn't properly supervise a suspected sexual predator accused of molesting more than 100 children, most at a Pennsylvania high school. (WJAC)

HOLLIDAYSBURG -- Three Franciscan friars have asked a judge to dismiss criminal charges that they didn't properly supervise a suspected sexual predator accused of molesting more than 100 children.

The Altoona Mirror reports Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva has set an April 27 hearing on the defense motions filed by attorneys for Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli.

State prosecutors say the friars assigned or supervised Brother Stephen Baker when he served at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown in the 1990s.

Baker killed himself in 2013, shortly after a settlement was announced that he had molested students at a school in Youngstown, Ohio. That settlement prompted more than 80 former McCort students to come forward with molestation allegations, too.

The friars say they're not responsible for those incidents.

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