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DECATUR — Joseph A. Baker, 48, has pleaded guilty in Macon County Circuit Court to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child.

At a Thursday, May 16, hearing, a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault was also dismissed as part of Baker's open plea agreement, with a sentence cap of six years, according to court records. Baker has a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 24. 

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Speaking Wednesday, Decatur police detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said that in October 2017 a man reported to police that Baker sexually abused the man's daughter between 2010 and 2013.

Baker was in a county jail in Wisconsin at the time and was arrested on a warrant following his release on Oct. 24, 2018, Copeland said. Baker was brought to the Macon County Jail on the same day, where his bail was set at $200,000 and he has remained since.

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Also as part of his plea agreement, Baker will have to pay a $500 sex offender fee, a $200 sexual assault fee, a $50 STD test, register as a sex offender for life and undergo sex offender evaluation.


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