Convicted sex offender wants sentencing delayed
January 25, 2012
A Templeton man who pled guilty to sexually molesting two children asked a judge on Tuesday to delay his sentencing until Feb. 20 after he receives radiation treatment for cancer. [Tribune]
Donald Baker, 40, told San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera that his lung cancer has spread to other parts of his body including his brain.
LaBarbera said that he will make his decision on Thursday based on whether or not the prison system can accommodate Baker’s medical needs.
As part of a plea agreement, Baker is facing 10 to 20 years in prison.
In October 2010, Donald Baker was charged with eight felony counts in the 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 also plead guilty to molesting a now 14-year-old male relative who told sheriff investigators that Donald Baker began molesting him in July 2010 and that the alleged molestation went on for about a month, according to the sheriff’s report.
The boy also accused Wendy Baker, Donald Baker’s wife, of molesting him. Sheriff’s detective Sonja O’Donohoe arrested Wendy Baker on April 26 for committing a lewd or lascivious act on a child under 14.
Baker maintains his innocence and claims he pled guilty to spare the children from having to testify and because he is dying, the Tribune said.