The story in today’s Tribune Chronicle claiming that the Trumbull County Children Services Board did not receive notification from the Diocese of Youngstown about Brother Stephen Baker, who has been accused of abusing 11 former students at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, is inaccurate.
The fact is that once the Diocese received sufficient information to make a report from the attorney representing the alleged victims, a letter was sent by Diocesan legal counsel to the Trumbull County Children Services Board.
Although Ohio State law does not require the reporting of allegation when the victims are presently adults, it is the policy of the Diocese to make such a report. This policy was followed in this case.
We regret that inaccurate information was published in the Tribune Chronicle.
For more information regarding how the Diocese deals with allegations of child abuse, please contact Nancy Yuhasz, Victim Assistance Coordination at 330-744-8451