Hampton Roads linked to Pennsylvania Catholic church scandal

Posted at 7:34 AM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 19:05:58-04

Stephen Baker, Martin Brady, Christian Neetz, and Cletus Adams were all brothers and priests in the Catholic Church once lived and preached in Hampton Roads.

They also have all been accused of sexually abusing children.

They died years ago, but according to indictment, the Attorney General in Pennsylvania that their higher ups knew about the alleged crimes and did nothing.

"We can't stress enough the importance of the public coming forward. We cannot stress enough the importance of holding those who treat and abuse our children accountable for what they've done," Attorney General Kathleen Kane told NewsChannel 3.

Baker, who is the focus of much of the indictment once worked at Holy Trinity Church in Norfolk and at St. Bede's Church in Williamsburg.

The brothers and fathers also lived and worked at James Barry-Robinson High School and Home for boys in Norfolk.

The organization's Trust Chairman Charles McPhillips distanced the center from the accused.

"I think our historical connection is very tenuous and remote. They were simply assigned there by their Franciscan order to teach. They were there for a short period of time."

McPhillips also stresses there were never reports of sexual abuse at the home, but he's still disturbed.

"If anybody had in their home somebody who's accused of a horrible crime, you feel very bad about that," McPhillips told NewsChannel 3.