Caldwell man gets year in prison for downloading sexual images of children

February 11, 2014 

Patrick S. Baker, 50, of Caldwell was sentenced Tuesday to one year plus one day in prison for possessing images of child sexual abuse, said Wendy J. Olson, U.S. Attorney for Idaho.

The sentence also calls for three years on supervised release after Baker is freed from prison. He also must participate in sex offender treatment and forfeit the laptop computer used in the offense. He pleaded guilty to the charge last November.

According to the plea agreement, officers from the Nampa Police Department responded to Nampa's Hilton Inn on March 14, 2013, after management reported a guest had overstayed the contracted time. Officers discovered Baker in the room. According to court documents, he had checked in the previous night and used the hotel’s wireless Internet service to download hundreds of images of child erotica and at least 36 realistic-looking digitally created images depicting prepubescent minors engaged in sexual acts with adults. Investigators also found several images of minor females, most approximately ages 3 to 12 years, posing in ways to bring attention to their pubic area. Baker admitted that he had downloaded the images and that he had a longstanding addiction to pornography. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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