Franciscan Friar Stephen Baker, Accused of Abuse in Two States, Commits Suicide

Friar Stephen Baker, 62, a Franciscan friar accused of sexually abusing students at a Catholic high school in Ohio and Pennsylvania, committed suicide Saturday morning at St. Bernadine Monastery in Hollidaysburg, Pa.

The police declined to say what type of self-inflicted wounds were found on Stephen Baker or whether a suicide note was found.

Friar Stephen Baker was named in a legal settlement last week involving 11 men who accused him of sexually abusing them at a northeast John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Oh., from 1986-90.

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 Franciscan Friar Stephen Baker, Accused of Abuse in Two States, Commits Suicide
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.