Templeton child molester captured
January 31, 2012
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies took a Templeton man found guilty of sex crimes against children into custody at French Hospital Medical Center shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday.
Donald Baker, 40, remains in custody at the hospital. Baker suffers from lung cancer that has spread to his brain.
Earlier on Monday, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera issued an arrest warrant for Baker who had failed to appear at his sentencing hearing. During several prior sentencing hearings, his attorney had requested the court delay incarceration while Baker is treated for cancer.
In December, Baker pled guilty to molesting 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. He also pled guilty to molesting a now 14-year-old male relative in 2010.
As part of a plea agreement, Baker is facing 10 to 20 years in prison. He is slated to be sentenced today or tomorrow. CalCoastNews will update this story as more information become available.