PITTSBURGH (AP) – A veteran who has post-traumatic stress disorder has pleaded guilty to a charge that he took a 13-year-old family friend across state lines for sex.

Thirty-three-year-old Joshua Baker, of Leeper, was charged by state authorities with kidnapping the girl whom he had allegedly met through relatives and begun a sexual relationship with in 2012, when she was just 12.

Those charges have been on hold since federal authorities took over the case weeks after he was found with the girl and arrested in Martin, South Dakota, in April 2013. Baker has been in custody ever since.

Baker faces at least 10 years in prison when he returns for sentencing Dec. 2 before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Baker’s public defender declined comment after Tuesday’s guilty plea.


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