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HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania attorney has filed notice that three more former students intend to sue church and school officials they believe are responsible for them being molested by a Franciscan friar who committed suicide last month.

Altoona attorney Richard Serbin says the three "John Doe" victims claim abuse by Brother Stephen Baker when he served as an athletic trainer or was otherwise in or around Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown from 1992 to 2001.

Baker committed suicide Jan. 26 at a monastery in Newry more than a week after the Youngstown, Ohio diocese disclosed financial settlements involving 11 students who claimed they were abused by Baker at a northeastern Ohio school in the late 1980s.

Attorneys say at least 50 former students at schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan have since come forward with abuse claims.

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