Dozens more in Pa., Ohio claim abuse by friar

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Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 24 at 6:03 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An attorney says about 50 more people have come forward to say they were sexually abused at schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania by a Franciscan brother who killed himself in January.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian (gehr-uh-BEE'-dee-uhn) said Sunday that the accusers say the abuse happened between 1982 and 2007.

Authorities say 62-year-old Brother Stephen Baker stabbed himself at a western Pennsylvania monastery after the disclosure of financial settlements in 11 alleged abuse cases in Warren, Ohio.

Garabedian says the latest claims come from people who went to school in Warren and those who went to another school in Johnstown, Pa., where Baker taught and coached.

The Boston attorney says he's also heard from a few people who say they were abused while Baker was at a school in Orchard Lake, Mich.

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