AG Kane: Charges coming for Pa. Franciscan order

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 15, 2016 6:49 AM



(Johnstown) -- State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she'll announce criminal charges involving a Franciscan religious order based in central Pennsylvania later this morning.

Kane's not saying who's being charged or what they're accused of doing.

But she says the investigation centers on the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conception based near Hollidaysburg in Blair County.

Kane's office seized documents from the order last summer and Brother Stephen Baker stabbed himself in the heart at the monastery in January 2013. 

That happened days after Youngstown, Ohio church officials settled lawsuits filed by 11 students who claimed Baker molested them in the late 1980s.

That prompted more than 90 former students at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown to settle abuse claims against Baker for more than $8 million.

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