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Johnstonville Man Pleads Guilty to Four Felony Counts in Sex Crime Case

The Lassen County District Attorney’s Office announced today that Johnstonville resident Arik Baker, who was arrested January 6th, 2015 on charges related to lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, has plead guilty to four felony counts with a stipulated sentence of 61-years to life. Included in the plea was a waiver of any right to appeal.

Dan A. Howe, Special Prosecutor for the D.A.’s office, recognized the bravery and resilience of the survivor in a statement released today, “The reason we achieved such an excellent result [in this case] was because of the survivor’s strong commitment to justice.”

Howe also thanked the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office for an excellent, professional investigation with a special acknowledgement of Sergeant John McGarva and Deputy Laura Johnson.

According to details released by the District Attorney’s office, forty-nine year old Arik Baker plead guilty to two felony counts of the crime of Sexual Penetration of a Child 10-years old or younger, resulting in two consecutive terms of 15-years to life in state prison.

The defendant also plead guilty to Continuous Sexual Abuse, which is defined by California law as three or more acts of “substantial sexual conduct” with a child under the age of 14-years. This charge resulted in an additional term of 16-years.

Baker plead guilty to Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, where the defendant committed Rape of a child under the age of 14 when he was 7 or more years older than the child, resulting in an additional term of 15-years to life.

“The Lassen County District Attorney’s Office would like to encourage individuals who have experienced any sexual assault to please report the incident to law enforcement. Delayed disclosure of sexual assault is normal. The extraordinary disposition in this case is because a survivor spoke out. You too deserve to be heard, respected and for the crime to be investigated.”

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
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