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Convicted Sex Offender Violates Parole

Less than 30 days after his release from jail, convicted child molester Michael Stephen Baker has been picked up on a parole violation.

Less than 30 days after his release from jail, convicted child molester Michael Stephen Baker has been picked up on a parole violation. According to police reports, the 63-year-old former priest was arrested after his GPS tracking device revealed he came within 50 yards of a catholic school in Buena Vista, CA. Baker has a prolific history of clergy abuse that dates back to at least 1974.

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What’s the problem?

November 12, 2011 – According to Luis Patino, spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a recent check of Michael Stephen Baker’s GPS device found that the repeat offender had come within 50 yards of St. Pius the V school, thereby violating the terms of his probation. Baker was subsequently arrested on the morning of Nov. 2 at the Ana Mesa Inn on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, CA, and remains in custody in the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana.

Baker’s original charges stem from allegations he molested two boys he met at St. Hillary in Pico Rivera and St. Columbkille in Los Angeles. In December 2007, he took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to a dozen counts of oral copulation on a minor.

Although sentenced to 10 years and four months, Baker was given credit for time served and work detail, and released after less than a third of his actual sentence was complete. Conditions of Baker’s parole mandate that he must wear a GPS device and cannot be within 100 yards of a school.

After serving his sentence, Baker was set to be released from custody on Aug. 23, but was instead taken to an LA County jail. The DA’s Office had filed a request to remand Baker into a sex offender program at Atascadero state mental hospital. But on Sep. 30, prosecutors asked the court to dismiss the request.

As it turns out, Baker’s 2007 plea bargain spared him from being forced into state hospital. Additionally, the charges he pled to are not considered sexually violent offenses in the eyes of the law.

Baker is one of the most notorious child molesters to hail from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. In total, the former priest had 23 accusers in incidents that occurred between 1974 and 1999. Sheriff’s detectives said the actual number of victims could be closer to 30.

In 1986, Baker reportedly confessed to then Archbishop Roger Mahoney that he had a sexually inappropriate relationship with two different boys over a period of seven years. Mahoney sent Baker to New Mexico for treatment the next year. Baker was later reassigned to other parishes with restrictions.

Apparently the treatment failed to cure Baker, who later admitted to molesting young boys at St. Hillary and St. Columbkille between 1994 and 1997. And while this was the case that ultimately led to his conviction, it wasn’t the first criminal case to be filed against Baker.

In 2003, he was charged with abusing a former alter boy at St. Hillary, St. Paul of the Cross in La Mirada. The victim claimed the molestation began in 1975 and ended in 1986. The case was later dismissed after the Supreme Court ruled that the state cannot retroactively erase statutes of limitations.

Then in 2007, Baker was charged with sexually molesting John Doe 1 from St. Hilary, and John Doe 2, the boy from the LA church. Baker and the archdiocese settled those cases for $1.25 million in 2000.

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