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Pa. attorney general taking over Bishop McCort sex abuse cases

By: WJAC Web Staff

EBENSBURG, Pa. -- The Cambria County District Attorney announced Friday that the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Office would be taking over the investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of students at a Cambria County high school.

District Attorney Kelly Callihan said the Attorney Generals Office, headed by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, accepted jurisdiction of the investigation of sex assault cases involving Brother Stephen Baker at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown.

Baker worked in several capacities, including with injured athletes, at Bishop McCort from 1992-2001. More than 80 former students, mostly men, have come forward accusing Baker of sexual abuse.

Baker committed suicide at a monastery in Blair County almost a year ago at age 62. He was a Franciscan friar of the Third Order Regular.

Callihan met with investigators from the Attorney Generals Office in November regarding the case.

Several attorneys have filed lawsuits in Cambria and Blair counties stating theyre representing alleged victims.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times