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Pa. man sentenced in sex case

March 28, 2001|By STACEY DANZUSO, Chambersburg

Pa. man sentenced in sex case



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man who videotaped six children "mooning" the camera and performed other sexual acts will spend from 18 to 84 months in the State Correctional Institution.

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol Van Horn Wednesday sentenced Rick Edward Baylor, of 7151 Lincoln Way East, to 12 to 60 months in prison for sexual abuse of children and a consecutive sentence of from six to 24 months for indecent assault.

The videotape referenced during Baylor's sentencing hearing included several children between the ages of 7 and 9, including Baylor's own two children, dropping their pants at his orders.

It also shows Baylor, 32, inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl while she slept, said defense attorney Patrick Redding.

Redding said his client had no history of similar actions, and is in counseling.

"It's a Godsend in a way that he got caught when he did," Redding said.

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The incident took place in July in Baylor's home while he was baby-sitting the children, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The mother of his children discovered the videotape when she was moving out and immediately notified Pennsylvania State Police July 24, the affidavit said.

Redding asked for a local sentence to allow Baylor to continue working and making child-support payments.

"I realize what I did was wrong," Baylor said. "I totally screwed up. I'm sorry they've got to deal with it."

According to the evaluation from the state sex offenders assessment board, Baylor did not show much remorse for his actions.

The mother of his two children echoed that, saying, "I offered to go to counseling with him, but he said he wasn't sick and didn't need help.

"My kids and four others are going to have to live with what he did. I want to make sure you know he ruined six kids' lives," she said to Van Horn.

In addition to the prison sentence, Van Horn ordered Baylor to complete drug, alcohol and mental health programs as recommended by the state probation board as well as sex offender treatment.

She said Baylor is not allowed to have any unsupervised contact with minors or any contact with the victims. He will also have to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law.

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