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More alleged victims come forward in case against Brother Baker


WARREN, Ohio - More victims are coming forward with allegations of sexual abuse against former Warren John F. Kennedy coach and teacher, Brother Stephen Baker.

There are now at least 35 victims.

But an attorney who represents some of the victims fears there could be hundreds.

On Wednesday, 21 News reported settlements were awarded to 11 men who say they were sexually abused by Brother Stephen Baker at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Warren from 1986-90, where he was a basketball coach, trainer and teacher.

Because of statute of limitations in Ohio, the cases were resolved without charges or lawsuits.

A 12th person came forward at the same time and since then Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian says he has heard from 13 new alleged victims of Brother Baker.

Among them is a former student from St. Mary's High School in Warren, which has been closed for some time.

One day after the story broke about the abuse at JFK, Johnstown, Pennsylvania Attorney Michael Parrish started getting phone calls. He tells 21 News he has heard from 10 alleged victims who had attended Bishop McCort High School where Baker was a teacher and trainer in the late 90's.

"These young guys are shocked that what was relayed to them as therapeutic treatment was probably just a creative ruse for a sexual assault or molestation," Parrish said.

Parrish is investigating the validity of the claims. If they are true, he can understand why they went untold for so many years.

"It's an embarrassing thing. Maybe something that happened to a 17 or 18-year-old kid that they buried away and don't like to think about," Parrish said.

In a statement released Thursday, the Johnstown-Altoona Diocese said it received its first report about Baker in November 2011 and made sure he was removed from any contact with minors.

Attorney Parrish wants to know what was known about Brother Baker before he was placed at Bishop McCort.

Brother Baker now resides in a Pennsylvania monastery.

Attorney Garabedien says he has heard from people across the country, including Texas and California. He fears the number of victims could climb into the hundreds.

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