The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 17, 2014

State attorney general's office taking Baker case


JOHNSTOWN — The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane notified Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan today that it will investigate allegations made by alleged victims of Brother Stephen Baker.

Late last year, Callihan delivered to the attorney general's office information she had collected regarding claims against the Franciscan friar made by students at Bishop McCort High School. Baker taught at the school from 1992 to 2001.

"I received today a standard letter saying they are going to assume jurisdiction of the Baker case," Callihan said.

Numerous civil lawsuits have been filed by former students who alleged they were sexually molested by Baker. The attorney general's office will look at potential criminal charges against adults who knew of the abuse and failed to report it.

Baker, 62, reportedly committed suicide in January 2013.