Columbia man pleads guilty to statutory sodomy

Friday, July 18, 2014 | 11:54 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man pleaded guilty to one count of statutory sodomy and was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday morning.

Roger Dale Baker, 47, was charged with five counts of statutory sodomy, four of which were dropped as part of the plea deal. He was connected to the proceedings through a video link from Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo., where he is currently serving a sentence for failure to register as a sex offender.

Assistant prosecutor Merilee Crockett said that Baker molested a 13-year-old boy on a camping trip. Crockett said that, while in a tent, Baker had the boy perform sexual acts upon him.

Baker is a registered sex offender currently serving a sentence for failing to register, according to court documents. His prior charges are for sexual deviate assault, with at least two of his victims being 15-year-old boys, according to previous Missourian reporting.

He was originally scheduled to be released as early as 2015, said Yolanda Hutcheson, the supervisor of the records office at Southeast Correctional Center. It isn't clear how his old sentence will work with his new one.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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