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Lawrence man faces federal charge for failing to register as sex offender

April 8, 2010


A 45-year-old Lawrence man has been charged in federal court with failing to register as a sex offender.

Lawrence man doesn't register on sex offender list

The man moved from South Dakota and didn't register on Kansas' list. Enlarge video

Robert F. Baker faces a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 if convicted.

According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Baker was convicted in South Dakota in 1995 of abusive sexual contact with a child. As part of his sentence, Baker was required to register as a sex offender for life.

The affidavit shows that Baker was arrested in Bangor, Maine, in 2001 and in Denver in 2003 for violating the terms of his release from prison. Both times, Baker was sent back to prison in South Dakota.

Baker registered as a sex offender in the state of Washington in April 2004, but an arrest warrant was issued when he moved to California without reporting it.

Lawrence police discovered Baker was living in Lawrence in February, after he was identified as a suspect in a stabbing in the 1300 block of New Hampshire Street that occurred during the early-morning hours of Feb. 9.

The police investigation showed Baker had been living at a Lawrence address since December 2009.


Deja Coffin 5 years, 4 months ago

Hey I'm glad he didn't register...... IN A WAY.... because now he's brought more attention to himself by not registering and getting busted then if he would have just registered. Good riddance!!!

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 4 months ago

They catch him when he moves to California, but not when he moves to Kansas. Thanks KS law enforcement!

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 4 months ago

You mean to say that they stumbled upon him while they were looking for something else.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 4 months ago

I am cirious about this law that everyone seems to think is going to protect us.

They put people on this register for life and no parole from it.

They have a long laundry list of offienses that will land you on this list. With no one ever being removed, how long until it becomes unmanagable, clogged with real sex offenders mised in with a bunch of people who tickled the foot of someone's kid or boinked his underage girlfriend who is now his wife and has childern being shunned because he is listed as a "sex offender"???????

How people who die, did our tax and spend crazy lawmakers think of how deceased persons would be purged from their "list"?? How much time does law enforcement spend looking for those who "fail" to register who are dead in Florida or Canada??

Graczyk 5 years, 4 months ago

The sex offender registry is geared towards protecting children from "stranger danger." While molestation by a stranger does exist (and sometimes in very gruesome forms), the registry ignores the fact that up to 80% (depending on whose stats you use - I believe this number is from the Bureau of Justice Statistics) of child sex offenses are committed by a family member.

LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

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LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

not sure what the None means in the charges.

LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

Seems to have been a lot of changes on the registered sex offenders list, if you haven't checked it in a while, you should. What happened to the map they used to have that showed all the locations of sex offenders?

50YearResident 5 years, 4 months ago

Another transient sex offender lured here because of the exceptional living and food benefits? Build it and they will come, and come, and come..............

Liberty275 5 years, 4 months ago

Why is a child molester on the streets 5 years after his conviction? That's the real question raised by the article. They could have let out 25 harmless potheads to make room to keep him in prison another 25 years.

BlackVelvet 5 years, 4 months ago

well Ricky_Vaughn, perhaps he didn't break any laws when he first moved to Kansas. No contact with Law Enforcement, no knowledge of him by the cops..... Or are the cops here supposed to somehow magically know everyone who lives in Kansas?

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 4 months ago

I thought that was the point of the sex offender keep track of these people!

LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

Seriously, I post the name of another unregistered sex offender arrested today and it is removed? I'm confused, what rule did I break? Didn't the LJW print the name of a man arrested for not registering as a sex offender?

LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

Which by the way I got from the Douglas County Sherriff's department booking recap website.

LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

I assume you mean the deleted one we aren't suppose to name.

LadyJ 5 years, 4 months ago

I guess we can't get pinked anymore, now I guess we're just going gray. Maybe instead of saying someone got grayed we could say someone got shadowed.

shirinisb 5 years, 4 months ago

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 months ago

I would like to know just what brought Bobbie Baker sex offender to our city.
was he indeed a member of the drunken/druggie society at the "open" shelter?

methastophalize 5 years, 4 months ago

as a veteran of doin time in two states i think you as a civilian world will do good to keep these freaks in prison where felons of my nature can beat, degradate and exploit them at our leisure. because thats what they deserve. i once beat one so bad he became a born again christian and moved to europe. now thats results baby.

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