Thu. 11:18am: Bishop speaks out about JFK
YOUNGSTOWN – Bishop George Murry of the Catholic Diocese says there are no current allegations of abuse against any members of the diocese.
At a news conference this morning, Murry also said he is personally reaching out to any victims of abuse by Brother Stephen Baker, a Franciscan brother who was a coach and trainer at John F. Kennedy High School in the mid-1980s.
Last week it was announced that at least 11 former students had accused Baker of sexually abusing them and that they reached a settlement with the order, diocese and the school.
Murry also said he thought the Franciscans would make the settlement public because Baker was never an employee of the diocese, but because they have not, they are asking that if anyone else is a victim of Baker that they contact civil authorities and the diocese.
The statute of limitations has expired and no criminal charges have ever been filed against Baker.
Baker is currently living in a monastery in Newry, Pa., where similar allegations have arisen.