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Columbia man arrested for charges of 12 counts of statutory sodomy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 5:57 p.m. CDT; updated 10:29 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man and registered sex offender suspected of 12 counts of statutory sodomy involving a child under the age of 14 was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives from the Boone County Sheriff's Department apprehended Roger Dale Baker, 45, of 1101 Blue Ridge Road, after the victim told a family member about alleged instances of abuse. According to a news release, officers believe incidents may have occurred as early as 2005. 

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According to Missouri Case Net, Baker has been previously arrested in Boone and Calloway counties. His prior charges include several counts of sexual deviate assault and failure to register as sex offender, for which he is currently on probation in Calloway County. At least two of his charges involved 15-year-old male victims.

Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff's Department said that Baker and the victim knew each other but declined to release any further details.

If convicted, O'Sullivan said, Baker could face up to life in prison.

Baker's arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.

Supervising editor is Hannah Cushman.


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