PITTSBURGH (AP) – An Iraq war Army veteran will spend 10 years in federal prison for taking a 13-year-old family friend across state lines for sex.
Joshua Baker, 33, of Leeper, pleaded guilty in August to a single count of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity. He was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon to a sentence previously agreed upon by prosecutors and his public defender. Ten years is the minimum prison sentence for that crime.
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say he kidnapped a girl he had met through relatives and begun a sexual relationship with when she was 12. Baker was found with the girl and arrested in Martin, South Dakota, in April 2013. Baker has been in custody since.
Baker faces at least 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
Baker was a married father of two young children when he met the girl at a family gathering in 2012.
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