Pennsylvania

3 friars want judge to nix case in supervision of predator

FILE - This combination of file photos from March 18, 2016, shows Giles Schinelli, left, Anthony Criscitelli, center, and Robert D'Aversa, right, when the three Franciscan friars were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Blair County, Pa., Judge Jolene Kopriva scheduled a Thursday, April 27, 2017, hearing after attorneys for Schinelli, Criscitelli and D'Aversa asked for the dismissal of charges that the friars didn't properly supervise a suspected sexual predator accused of molesting more than 100 children, most at a Pennsylvania high school, the Altoona Mirror reported Thursday, April 20. (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, right, when the three Franciscan friars were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Blair County, Pa., Judge Jolene Kopriva scheduled a Thursday, April 27, 2017, hearing after attorneys for Schinelli, Criscitelli and D'Aversa asked for the dismissal of charges that the friars didn't properly supervise a suspected sexual predator accused of molesting more than 100 children, most at a Pennsylvania high school, the Altoona Mirror reported Thursday, April 20. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)  (The Associated Press)

Three Franciscan friars have asked a judge to dismiss criminal charges that they didn't properly supervise a suspected sexual predator accused of molesting more than 100 children, most at a Pennsylvania high school.

The Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/2pGxQiC ) reports Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva has set an April 27 hearing on the defense motions filed by attorneys for Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli.

State prosecutors say the friars assigned or supervised Brother Stephen Baker when he served at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown in the 1990s. Baker killed himself in 2013, shortly after a settlement was announced that he had molested students at a school in Youngstown, Ohio. That settlement prompted more than 80 former McCort students to come forward with molestation allegations, too.

The friars say they're not responsible for those incidents.