Ex-Priest Charged with Eight Sex Acts on a Child

January 24, 2006

(AP) LOS ANGELES Michael Stephen Baker, a former Roman Catholic priest who was arrested on his return from Asia last week, has been charged in Los Angeles with eight sex acts on a child.

Michael Stephen Baker made a brief court appearance today but his arraignment was put off until February 14th. Bail was set at $800,000.

Baker was removed from the priesthood by the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2000.


In 2003, the district attorney's office charged Baker with 34 counts of molestation on six victims, but those charges were

dismissed because of the U-S Supreme Court's ruling that year involving the statute of limitations on child abuse cases.

The new charges filed today fall during a time period not prohibited by the statute of limitations.


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