Offender back in custody; GPS showed former priest near Catholic school
Less than a month after his release from a Los Angeles county jail, sex offender and former priest Michael Stephen Baker is behind bars again.
The 63-year-old is accused of violating his parole after a GPS device showed he was within 50 yards of St. Pius V Catholic school in Buena Park, according to state corrections officials.
Baker is on parole for molesting a boy he met at St. Hilary in Pico Rivera and a second boy at St. Columbkille in Los Angeles.
He took a deal and pleaded guilty on Dec. 3, 2007 to 12 felony counts of oral copulation on a person under 18.
Although sentenced to 10 years and four months, Baker served only a third of the sentence. He was given credit for time served while he was in county jail and prison and for what is called good time work credit.
Like other sex offenders on parole, Baker now wears a GPS device and cannot be within 100 yards of a school.
But a recent check of Baker’s device revealed he came within 50 yards of St. Pius the V school, said Luis Patino, spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He didn’t know when the former priest went near the school.
After being notified of the violation, Costa Mesa Police arrested Baker on the morning of Nov. 2 at the Ana Mesa Inn in Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Phil Myers said. Baker was living at the motel on Harbor Boulevard.
Baker remains in the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana awaiting a hearing
for the parole violation.