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Lawyer gets 6 mos. to file Pa. school abuse suits

October 31, 2013
Associated Press

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge has given an attorney six months to settle claims on behalf of seven former students who allege they were molested by a Franciscan friar who helped as an athletic trainer at a western Pennsylvania Catholic high school from 1992 to 2001.

Blair Count Judge Jolene Kopriva says that should be long enough for attorney Richard Serbin to determine whether his clients' claims can be settled without the actual filing of lawsuits.

More than 50 former students at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown have hired attorneys and say they intend to sue the Altoona-Johnstown diocese and school officials due to their alleged abuse by Brother Stephen Baker.

Baker committed suicide Jan. 26 at a monastery in Newry after an Ohio diocese disclosed abuse settlements with 11 students at a school in that state.



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