One Additional Victim of Bro. Baker Comes Forward to Diocese of Youngstown; One to Attorney
Friday, 15 March 2013 13:29

               On January 31, 2013, Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, sent a letter to approximately 1800 alumni of John F. Kennedy School who were students during the time Brother Stephen Baker was on the faculty. In that letter, Bishop Murry asked that anyone who experienced sexual misconduct on the part of Brother Baker, or anyone associated with the Church, to notify civil authorities, the Franciscans and the Diocese of Youngstown.

            During the week of February 25, Road to Recovery, a victims’ advocate group, stated that additional alleged victims had come forward. The Diocese issued a statement on February 27 stating that as of that date, no one had come forward to the Diocese of Youngstown.

            On February 28, 2013, the Diocese received a phone call from a former JFK student who alleged he was abused by Brother Baker during the time he was a student at JFK. This victim requested anonymity. He stated he wants only to set the record straight and wants neither counseling nor compensation, but would like to meet with Bishop Murry. The Bishop, as he has with all victims, extended an offer to meet with the man.

            On March 4, 2013, a letter was sent to Bishop Murry from an attorney stating he represents a victim of Brother Baker and Robert Burns, a former priest and convicted felon who served prison time. Because this victim is represented by legal counsel, the Diocese cannot comment further on this allegation.