Jan 4, 2007

New charges against Baker

The January 4 Los Angeles Times has an article (sorry, I do not have the link) about Michael S. Baker, 59, "Prosecutors file new molestation charges against former priest."

Baker was to be arraigned today, so look for another news story on him on Friday.

The new charges stem from about 1995 and 1996, when Baker was at St. Columbkille in Los Angeles and a then-"youth" says Baker molested him. The "youth" came forward in October.

Baker has been in custody for two years; he was arrested at LAX in January 2005 as he returned from a trip to Thailand.

The Times notes that Cardinal Mahony has "said publicly that his handling of Baker's case is the one that 'troubles' him most."

The rest of us find the Cardinal's handling of the case troubling, too, of course. Come to think of it, there are 560 or so other cases that bother us, too.


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