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Bail raised to $1 million on Hagerstown man charged with sexual abuse of minor

March 30, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Washington County District Court judge on Friday raised the bail for a Hagerstown man charged with sexual abuse of a minor from $450,000 to $1 million following a bond-review hearing.

Robert Lester Baker, 37, of 990 Ross St., is also charged by Maryland State Police with sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct for incidents that allegedly occurred in Clear Spring and Hagerstown over a period of years.

Baker had been arrested by Hagerstown police on March 14 for second-degree assault on a woman and posted $50,000 bond on March 25, according to the application for statement of charges.

As a result of the investigation into the assault, a 16-year-old female was interviewed at the Washington County Child Advocacy Center, the charging documents said.

The girl told investigators that Baker had previously threatened more than once to rape her, had touched her inappropriately and attempted to perform sexual acts, the documents said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Arthur Rozes called the allegations “horrendous” and asked Judge Dana Moylan Wright to increase Baker’s bail.

Baker also had two fourth-degree sex offense convictions in the early 1990s, Rozes said.

Rozes also noted that Baker had been charged with five counts of violating a protective order in a separate case.

“These allegations are just fairly ludicrous,” Baker told Wright.

Wright raised Baker’s bond on the sexual abuse charges from $400,000 to $900,000 and doubled his bond on the protection order violations from $50,000 to $100,000.

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