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Ex-student details abuse at hearing for three Franciscan friars

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 14, 2016 10:36 AM

 

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FILE PHOTO: This combination of file photos from March 18, 2016 shows Giles Schinelli, left, Anthony Criscitelli, center, and Robert D'Aversa, when they were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

(Hollidaysburg) --  A former student who says he was sexually abused at a western Pennsylvania high school is testifying at a hearing for three Franciscan friars charged with allowing a suspected sexual predator to hold jobs where he molested more than 100 children. 

Today's hearing will determine whether Robert D'Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli and Giles Schinelli stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges. 

The three successively headed a Franciscan order in Blair County from 1986 to 2010.

They assigned and supervised Brother Stephen Baker.

He killed himself in 2013. 

The former student told the judge today Baker molested him and other student-athletes at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown during rubdowns that were meant to stretch out their muscles.

Schinelli's lawyer says he'll plead not guilty.

Lawyers for the others haven't commented.

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