January 24, 2006

Former Priest Accused Of Molesting Boy In 1994, 1995


POSTED: 5:42 pm PST January 23, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- A former Catholic priest who avoided prosecution in an earlier child sex-abuse case appeared in court Monday in connection with new charges alleging that he molested a boy in 1994 and 1995.

Michael Stephen Baker, 58, of Long Beach, was arrested Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after returning from Thailand and other countries.

Baker was charged Monday with eight felony counts of oral copulation of a person under 18. He appeared in court Monday afternoon, but his arraignment was delayed until Feb. 14 at the request of his attorney, Donald Steier.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner James Bianco set bond at $800,000.

Posted by kshaw at January 24, 2006 07:42 AM