A former Troy man convicted of raping a five-year-old boy was sentenced Dec. 27 to at least 20 years in prison.
Janna Parker, an assistant Miami County prosecutor, said the case of William T. Baker, 44, was so shocking and upsetting that prosecutors hoped he’d never get out of prison.
"This is one of the most upsetting police reports I have read in a long time," she said. Judge Christopher Gee in Common Pleas Court sentenced Baker.
Baker was convicted previously of sex offenses against a 10 year old. He served four years in prison before his release in 2005.
A former Piqua resident, Baker was charged initially in September with 10 felony counts of rape. He pleaded guilty in November to two rape charges as a result of a plea deal with prosecutors.
A report by Troy police said a Piqua police detective contacted them Sept. 7 about a possible rape involving Baker that allegedly occurred in Troy.
Police reported Baker told them the initial contact with the child was “accidental” but that later incidents were not. The alleged abuse took place between June and August in Troy, according to the charges.
Public defender Steve King said Baker indicated to him that he wanted the court and those affected by the case to know that he apologized for his conduct. By pleading to the charges, Baker kept the victim from having to participate in a trial, he said. Baker also the court to consider concurrent sentences on the two rape charges.
When it was his turn to speak, Baker said he was sorry and asked for help/treatment of some form.
Gee said Baker’s offenses occurred on different dates with the same victim and caused “very serious” harm to the boy.
"Quite frankly, the English language doesn't contain words that would adequately describe the danger this defendant presents to the public," Gee said.
He sentenced Baker to the maximum sentence of 10 years to life on each of the two charges and ordered him to serve the time consecutively. The consecutive terms – for 20 years to life – were needed to protect the public from future crimes by Baker, Gee said.
Baker was classified a Tier III sex offender requiring lifetime registration of his address with the sheriff’s office in the county in which he resides following prison release. The address verification must be made in person every 90 days.
Baker was given credit for 112 days served in the county jail.