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Leeper Man Facing Federal Charges in Teen’s Abduction

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

Posted by Jake Bauer

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Leeper, Clarion County, Pa. has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced Tuesday.

The two-count indictment named Joshua D. Baker, 31, formerly of 315 Arnold Avenue, Leeper, Pa. as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about March 28, 2013, Baker knowingly transported across state lines a minor female with the intent of engaging in sexual activity with the minor.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Joshua Baker Indictment (PDF)

Assistant United States Attorney Shaun E. Sweeney is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The above information was provided via a press release issued by United States Attorney David J. Hickton.

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