Friars asking for dismissal

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. - Three Friars accused of covering up child sexual abuse within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are asking the Blair County Court to dismiss the charges filed against them.

The Altoona Mirror is reporting that attorneys for the Friars say there is a lack of evidence to support the child endangerment charges brought against the men last year. 

Anthony Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli are accused of protecting Brother Stephen Baker who was accused of molesting children. The paper also reports that the men are asking for separate jury trials, and out of town juries because of prior publicity.

The next court hearing for the Friars is set for next Thursday.


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