3 Franciscan friars to surrender in child endangerment case

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 18, 2016 3:18 AM

(Hollidaysburg) -- Three Franciscan friars charged with allowing a suspected sexual predator to hold jobs where he molested more than 100 children in Pennsylvania are set to surrender today on child endangerment charges.  

Robert D'Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli and Giles Schinelli have arraignments scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

State prosecutors say Schinelli assigned Brother Stephen Baker to Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown where he molested students from 1992 to 2000. 

D'Aversa and Criscitelli, who also headed Baker's Franciscan order based near Hollidaysburg in Blair County, are charged because they allegedly continued to allow Baker to teach or have access to the school and its students.  

Baker killed himself in January 2013 when Ohio church officials announced he'd molested students there in the 1980s, prompting the McCort victims to come forward. 

The friars' attorneys haven't commented.

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