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A lawsuit has been filed against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown after a man claimed he was a victim of Brother Stephen Baker. According to the suit filed Tuesday, the plaintiff, identified as T.B., said he first met Baker when he was in the fourth grade and would occasionally attend football games with Baker at Point Stadium, where Baker would rub his genitals. The suit contends the victim attended Bishop McCort High School in 2002, where Baker served as an athletic trainer, and the victim quit the football team upon seeing Baker. The lawsuit says Baker took the victim alone into the training room on three occasions and sexually assaulted the victim. Attorneys for the plaintiff argue the Diocese is at fault and acted negligently by allowing Baker to have one-on-one access to children and employing him as a trainer, despite knowing there were numerous allegations made against him regarding sexual misconduct toward children. A second lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Dauphin County against a former priest in the Harrisburg Diocese, John Allen, for sexual abuse. Baker committed suicide in January of 2013 after the allegations were made public. This led to a grand jury investigation into the diocese that found numerous allegations of child sex abuse within the diocese. Two friars, Robert D'Aversa and Anthonly Criscitelli entered no contest pleas earlier this year for failing to report accusations of abuse by Baker. The lawsuit comes days before a grand jury investigation into child sex abuse in six other dioceses in the state is expected to be made public.