Templeton man pleads guilty to child molestation

December 8, 2011

The alleged female victim, Wendy and Donald Baker at a work Christmas party in 2010

A Templeton man accused of sexually molesting two children pled guilty at a readiness hearing on Wednesday allowing him to forgo a trial scheduled for Thursday.

In October 2010, Donald Baker was charged with eight felony counts in the alleged molestation of a now 12-year-old girl, including forcing the girl to perform oral copulation, penetration with a foreign object of a person under 14, and possession of child porn, according to the sheriff report. Baker is accused of repeatedly molesting the girl, a relative, from the time she was 8 years old until September 2010.

Donald Baker, the former nursing director of the intensive care unit at a Templeton hospital, and his wife Wendy Baker are accused of separately molesting a boy who is now 14.

When he was 12, the boy said Wendy Baker asked him how big his penis was and asked to see it. In February 2010, when the boy was 13, Wendy Baker allegedly molested him, the report says.

The boy told sheriff investigators Donald Baker began molesting him in July 2010 and that the alleged molestation went on for about a month, according to the report.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detective Sonja O’Donohoe arrested Wendy Baker on April 26 for committing a lewd or lascivious act on a child under 14.

On June 23, Donald Baker was charged with three additional felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 14 while in court on previous molestation charges about a female relative. He originally pled not guilty to all counts.

Donald Baker is scheduled to be sentenced on January 18. He faces 20 years in prison.

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The Tribune is reporting that Baker has stage 4 lung cancer and the DA’s office apparently confirmed it. If true, he won’t be in prison long.


Pig! Now these are the types of guys that should be locked up forever.

Now here is something I can agree with you on, 100%.

There is no penalty strong enough to make up for molesting defenseless children.

When he gets sent to prison, let’s just hope they put him in the general population.

I wish they would put him in a cell with large muscular man with bad breath that hates child molesters. But they won’t, they know better. They put these pervs in their own little area, they never put them in with the gen. population. OJ is in with child molesters. Apparently it’s the only place they feel he’s safe.

@ easy, dosn’t it just feel so weird when we agree.

No typo, some times even a blind squirrel finds a nut…

I MHO, anyone who molests a child deserves the death penalty or worse.

There are only two rules in my world that can never be broken, don’t hit women and don’t touch children…

Well, you know how I feel about the death penalty so I won’t go that far but I have no problem keeping him in prison forever and making sure that it’s not comfortable for the perv.

There is still much more to this story. I have yet to read the full true details. I hope CCN continues to investigate and report their findings on this story.

Danika, I agree.

No one has said whether he plead guilty BECAUSE he has Stage IV cancer and just doesn’t want to spend his last days undergoing the stress of court.

Was it a plea-bargain? Does he get to be sent home with an ankle monitor?

I’ve heard of so many people who plead guilty to crimes when they have a terminal disease just to escape the turmoil of a court case.

From the beginning of this case, it has sounded like the man and his wife are guilty. However, I note his wife didn’t plead guilty. That’s part of what makes me wonder if it is the fact that he knows he will soon die, and he no longer has the will, energy, or resources to stand up for himself in a court trial. anymore.

Of course, I could be wrong.