Brother Stephen Baker, a 62-year-old Franciscan friar, was found dead of self-inflicted wounds at St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg, Pa. earlier today.
Blair Township police Chief Roger White stated that police were called to the western Pa. monastery when another resident found Baker's lifeless body.
Youngstown Bishop George Murray called for prayers for abuse victims, Baker's family "and the repose of his soul."
All of the allegations against Baker originated from students at two different Catholic high schools.
After news broke that Baker had settled in court with his now grown accusers from John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio, additional complaints came in to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in central Pa. regarding additional child sexual abuse allegations from Baker’s students at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa.
ABC News reported that police declined to comment on exactly how Baker killed himself or whether he left a suicide note.
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