Clark Baker: No Contest to Child Porn Possession & Officially a Sex Offender

From NBC Los Angeles

A 61-year-old retired Los Angeles police officer was sentenced Thursday to five years of formal probation for possessing child pornography, and was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Clark Warren Baker must also attend 52 weeks of sex offender counseling, and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert C. Vanderettold the defendant he will be subject to search and seizure conditions, including for electronic data and devices.

Baker could have faced up to three years in prison. He made an open no contest plea to the court on May 13 and did not negotiate a sentence with prosecutors, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said images of child pornography were discovered on an external hard drive during a search of Baker’s Los Angeles home last Nov. 28.

He was arrested at that time and released on $20,000 bail. The case was investigated by the LAPD Juvenile Division’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.

From LA Times

A former Los Angeles police officer was sentenced to five years of probation on Thursday after pleading no contest to possessing child pornography.

Clark Warren Baker, 61, must also attend 52 weeks of counseling and register as a sex offender for life, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a news release.

Baker was arrested in April after a prior search of his Hollywood Hills home turned up an external hard drive that contained child pornography, investigators said. He pleaded no contest to one felony count of possession of child pornography in May and had faced up to three years in prison.

Baker was employed by the Los Angeles Police Department from 1980 to 2000, a department spokeswoman previously told The Times.

The former officer was convicted of battery in 1992 after he was accused of slapping, kicking and dragging a 21-year-old Salvadoran immigrant while assigned to the Valley’s traffic division. An internal LAPD review board had previously cleared him of misconduct charges stemming from the case.

Baker’s conviction was later overturned by an appeals panel, which ruled a prosecutor improperly made reference to the Rodney King trial and turned Baker’s case into a referendum on police reform at the time.

Times staff writer James Queally contributed to this report.

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