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3 Franciscan friars face child endangerment hearing

  • FILE - This combination of file photos from March 18, 2016 shows Giles Schinelli, left, Anthony Criscitelli, center, and Robert D'Aversa, when they were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg, Pa. The three Francisan friars are scheduled for an April 14 preliminary hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

    FILE - This combination of file photos from March 18, 2016 shows Giles Schinelli, left, Anthony Criscitelli, center, and Robert D'Aversa, when they were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg, Pa. The three Francisan friars are scheduled for an April 14 preliminary hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Franciscan Robert D'Aversa arrives to his hearing at the Blair County courthouse in Hollidaysburg, Pa., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Three Franciscan friars face a hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a Pennsylvania high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children. Thursday's hearing will determine whether D'Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli, and Giles Schinelli stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges.   (Todd Berkey/Tribune-Democrat via AP)

    Franciscan Robert D'Aversa arrives to his hearing at the Blair County courthouse in Hollidaysburg, Pa., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Three Franciscan friars face a hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a Pennsylvania high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children. Thursday's hearing will determine whether D'Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli, and Giles Schinelli stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges. (Todd Berkey/Tribune-Democrat via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Attorneys lead Franciscans Giles Schinelli,  front, and Anthony Criscitelli to their hearing at the Blair County courthouse in Hollidaysburg, Pa., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Three Franciscan friars face a hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a Pennsylvania high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children. Thursday's hearing will determine whether D'Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli, and Giles Schinelli stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges.   (Todd Berkey/Tribune-Democrat via AP)

    Attorneys lead Franciscans Giles Schinelli, front, and Anthony Criscitelli to their hearing at the Blair County courthouse in Hollidaysburg, Pa., Thursday, April 14, 2016. Three Franciscan friars face a hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a Pennsylvania high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children. Thursday's hearing will determine whether D'Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli, and Giles Schinelli stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges. (Todd Berkey/Tribune-Democrat via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Three Franciscan friars face a hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a Pennsylvania high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children.

Thursday's hearing will determine whether Robert D'Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli, and Giles Schinelli stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges.

The three successively headed a Franciscan order in Pennsylvania from 1986 to 2010. They assigned and supervised the order's members, including Brother Stephen Baker. Authorities say Baker molested scores of children, most at a high school. Baker killed himself in 2013.

At the time they were charged, Schinelli was a pastoral administrator in Winter Park, Florida; D'Aversa was a pastor in Mount Dora, Florida; and Criscitelli was a pastor in Minneapolis.

Schinelli's lawyer says he'll plead not guilty. Lawyers for the other two haven't commented.