50 years possible for Latrobe man who pleaded guilty to sex assualt of young girls
A Latrobe man was ordered to serve up to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.
Frank Baker III, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday to rape and related counts for repeated sexual assaults that started when his victims were just 5 and 2.
Baker, who had no prior criminal record, was accused of molesting the children over a two-year period that ended in January.
Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway imposed terms of a negotiated plea bargain. Baker was sentenced to serve 25 to 50 years in prison and seven years on probation.
“Obviously these children are young and this would let them not testify,” Hathaway said. “This is a gift from the commonwealth. You could easily have gotten life in prison.”
Baker offered no explanations in court Thursday, saying he agreed to plead guilty because it was in his best interest to do so.
Public Defender Anthony Bompiani said Baker wanted to avoid a trial.
“I think he made the right decision today to plead guilty. It was a reasonable offer based on the circumstances,” Bompiani said.
Baker, once he is released from prison, will be required to register his whereabouts with state police for the remainder of his life.
Baker is expected to return to court in about three months for a hearing to determine if he will be classified by the judge as a sexually violent predator.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Westmoreland Cultural Trust moves to next phase of Palace capital campaign
- Greensburg woman has a lifetime of hosting foreign exchange students
- Westmoreland County on pace to surpass record for drug-related fatalities
- New Derry to celebrate its 200th birthday
- Westmoreland judicial candidates spent more than $1.2 million for primary election
- More than 120,000 attend Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival
- Murrysville home damaged in blaze
- Initials carved into pig in Georges Township
- Former Jeannette coach held for trial on charges of assault on teen girls
- Hempfield woman seriously injured in crash
- Hempfield woman donates music inspired by WWI ‘doughnut girls’