Former Orchard Lake St. Mary's students accuse former Pastor Baker of molestation

(WXYZ) - A Boston attorney is looking into allegations of molestation made by four former students of Orchard Lake St. Mary's school against a former teacher, Brother Stephen Baker.

The students were teens at the school back in the 1980s.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian says he's gotten 50 calls from former students in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania after Baker committed suicide last month in Pennsylvania and left an apologetic note.

Baker was named in settlement papers for molesting students three decades ago in Ohio.

The Archdiocese of Detroit says it has not gotten any complaints about Baker during or after the time he was at Orchard Lake St. Mary's from 1983 to 1985.

In January the Archdiocese put out the following statement on Brother Baker:

"Regarding Br. Stephen Baker, TOR (Third Order of Regular Franciscans): The Detroit Archdiocese has no record of sexual abuse complaints brought against Brother Baker during his two years in Michigan. As a professed Franciscan friar, Brother Baker took classes and worked at Orchard Lakes Schools (OLS) from 1983-85. OLS reports that it does not have any record of an abuse complaint during or after those years. Neither the archdiocese nor OLS ever received any reports/advisories from the other locations where Brother Baker subsequently worked. Additionally, we were not informed of the legal claims made against Brother Baker or his apparent suicide last weekend. SNAP's criticism of the archdiocese makes absolutely no sense. How and why would the archdiocese be criticized as negligent for not disclosing information it did not have?"

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