A US District Court Judge has sentenced a Nicholasville man who photographed his sexual encounters with a 13-year-old girl. Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced 51-year-old Ernest Baker to 288 months in federal prison for producing child pornography.
Court documents state that in February 2010, both Baker and his 27-year-old son, Robert, engaged in sexually explicit conduct with the 13-year-old at a hotel room in Ohio. Ernest Baker had engaged in sexual acts with the minor on prior occasions. In January of 2010, Ernest Baker drove to Ohio, picked up the minor from her home and took her to a hotel room where he took several sexually explicit photographs with his cell phone and, on two occasions, used a video camera to record the sexual conduct.
A forensics examination of his phone showed Ernest Baker was
also communicating with at least 25 other minor females via text messages. Authorities also found child pornography on Baker’s home computer.
Federal officials say Baker first met the Ohio teen in December 2009. He communicated with her on a social networking site while posing as a teenage girl and a teenage boy. Soon thereafter Baker began chatting with the minor through cell phone text messages.
Producing child pornography carries the strongest penalty of all the federal child pornography charges. Defendants convicted of this charge receive a minimum of 15 years in federal prison and a maximum of 30 years.