BRACEVILLE - Two men who said they were abused in the mid-1980s by a Franciscan brother who was baseball coach at John F. Kennedy High School said they have come forward in the hope they can encourage other abuse victims to get help.
The two, who did not want to be publicly involved, spoke at a press conference this afternoon at the Holiday Inn Express.
The two said the sexual abuse took place at the hands of Brother Stephen Baker and that most of the abuse took place when they played baseball for the Eagles and Baker was also the coach and trainer for the program.
The two and nine others settled claims against the school, the Diocese of Youngstown and a branch of the Franciscan Order in October after a series of meetings in Cleveland in August.
Of the 11 cases, 10 are no longer under the criminal statute of limitations but another one is and that victim is deciding whether to file charges criminally, said Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who is an attorney representing the men said.