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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Former prison guard charged in sexual misconduct case

  • A former guard who worked at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud has been formally charged with 15 felony counts and is accused of sexual misconduct involving nine female prisoners.
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    A former guard who worked at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud has been formally charged with 15 felony counts and is accused of sexual misconduct involving nine female prisoners.
    Jamie Baker, 43, Earlsboro, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with nine counts of second-degree rape, one count of first-degree rape by force and fear, four counts of sexual battery and one count of forcible sodomy.
    Charges allege that Baker, while employed by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, engaged in activity with persons who were unable to give consent because they were inmates. Under Oklahoma law, it is a felony to have sex with an inmate.
    The filed charges list offenses with nine different victims, most involving sexual acts while others accuse the guard of touching the breasts of several women.
    Baker was reportedly terminated from his job in September amid the investigation into allegations of misconduct.
    He was arrested on a $25,000 warrant Friday and taken to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center, where he was awaiting book-out procedures late Friday night.
    His next court date hasn’t yet been scheduled.
    If convicted, Baker could face various punishment levels for each count, ranging from one to 20 years in prison.
    Watch for updates.
     
     
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