HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Three Franciscan friars charged with allowing a suspected sexual predator to hold jobs where he molested more than 100 children have been arraigned in Pennsylvania.
Robert D’Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli and Giles Schinelli are free until an April 14 preliminary hearing on child endangerment and conspiracy charges. Each carries up to seven years in prison.
State prosecutors say Schinelli assigned Brother Stephen Baker to Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, where he molested students from 1992 to 2000. Baker was also implicated in assaults at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren in the late 1970s.
D’Aversa and Criscitelli also headed Baker’s Franciscan order based near Hollidaysburg. They are charged with continuing to allow Baker access to the school and students.
Baker killed himself in January 2013 after church officials announced he’d molested students there in Ohio in the 1980s, prompting the McCort victims to come forward.
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