Preliminary hearing set for jailer charged with sex with inmate

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A man charged with having a sexual encounter with a Scott County Jail inmate will have a preliminary hearing next month

Ron Baker, 41, of Sikeston, Mo., will appear April 15 for a preliminary hearing.

Baker is charged with the felony of sexual contact with a prisoner. He is also charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly fondling an inmate inside the property room. Baker was released on his own recognizance Monday after an appearance before Judge Terry Brown.

Baker was a correctional officer at the county jail. According to police, Baker escorted another inmate to a property room. Video surveillance showed the two were inside for about 11 minutes. In an interview, the inmate alleged the two engaged in a sexual act while inside.

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