Michael Stephen Baker, Notorious L.A. Pedophile Priest, In Orange County Jail for Violating Probation

Categories: Ex Cathedra
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Baker: Looks like John Wayne Gacy, no?
Michael Stephen Baker was one of the most notorious pedophile priests in Southern California history, a monster who single-handedly showed what a lying sack-o'-shot Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony was in protecting pedo-priests from the law.

Baker is now also an Orange County resident. Yay!

Once a pedophile, always a pedophile, of course, and Baker was arrested yesterday for violating the terms of his probation, according to sources. He's currently in Orange County Jail.

Baker pleaded guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007 to 12 felony counts of oral copulation with a person under the age of 18 for abusing two boys he met during the 1980s. His original sentence was 10 years, but California justice being as skewed as it is, he was released just last month.

Sources tell the Weekly that Baker was arrested for being too close to a high school--specifically St. Pius X Catholic High School in Santa Fe Springs. More details once I finish breakfast and go through a couple of meetings...in the meanwhile, heckuva job, Brownie!

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Buttercup2
Buttercup2

Tee....I appreciate your post. Unfortunately Father Mike was and is guilty of many things... one of them being the sexual assault of my brother...and it was much more graffic and horrific than anything published in the papers. God rest my brother's soul, he was unable to bring about any type of lawsuit nor did he ever want to, but he did want to protect other children...but was unable to do so after his death in 2000.  He went to our parish priest much before 1986 to tell him what had happened to him.  He was told that he was a liar, a sinner and would go to hell.  (My beloved brother did eventually "come out" as being gay.) We were at St. Paul of the Cross in La Mirada.  I know the things he confided in me. I knew Father Mike.  I know the changes I saw in my brother,  as I was encouraging him to confide in Father Mike, because Father Mike was young, had a fresher view than the old-school parish priests and nuns.  I was 4 or 5 when I knew my brother was "different"...gay....I just didn't have those words to say.  I said I like him better with his male friend than his girlfriend. I know that my brother did not lie to me about what happened to him with Father Mike.  I wish I had been older than him in order to protect him.  Alas, I was younger. In regards to Father Michael Stephen Baker...A pedophile is just that.  There are no excuses that could make OK what he perpetrated on children.

Tee
Tee

It's amazing to me, to read all this $hit from people that never knew him.    I went to the first school he was assigned to.  There were 500+ kids there that he never touched. After the heinous Vatican One priests we had, a bunch of drunk, bitter, hateful, nasty, abusive bastards who terrorized us, belittled, insulted, physically assaulted us, and slandered us in front of other students and teachers, Fr. Mike was a breath of fresh air and someone who made it SAFE for us to be in that horrid school.

NOW FOR THOSE OF YOU ALREADY LOOSING YOUR MINDS AND GOING CRAZY...  I AM NOT PRETENDING TO ***UNDERSTAND OR CONDONE IN ANY WAY***  WHAT HE WAS ACCUSED OF DOING.  AND I DO KNOW HE WAS JAILED FOR CERTAIN THINGS HE DID NOT DO.

In 1974 & 75, when he was at OUR parish, EVERYONE wanted to be his friend, and everyone WAS, including many students and parents who, to this day, know the truth and keep in touch with him.  We had almost NO room mothers, to assist at the school, or on field trips.  After Father Baker Showed up, they had to APPLY to be a room mother, and we were overloaded with activities and field trips.  

Parents WANTED to participate now that there was someone to deal with other than NASTY HATEFUL BITTER Monseigneur McSweeney, with his SAILORS MOUTH, and the FALLING DOWN DRUNK Father Ruddy, who you couldn't stand next to for more than 5 mins without getting a contact high from the smell of booze.... They were just two of the MANY HATEFUL VICIOUS VATICAN ONE priests that NO ONE wanted to Deal with... 

And there was also Sister Mary EVA (Who we all called Sister Mary EVIL)....she was about as nasty a human as anyone had ever met.  She probably just needed to be laid good, and often, for 10-15 years before she'd be decent again.   Fr. Baker showed up and suddenly SHE was gone, and we got Sister Mary Virgina.... a 20 something progressive, warm, wonderful woman, who was happy to be there, fantastic with kids and actually TAUGHT, vs punished kids to make them learn. But after a few years of the Bull$#IT, she clearly saw the writing on the wall, and ditched the Nuns habit, in favor of a LIFE! But I Digress....

During the years Fr. Baker and Sr. Mary Virgina ran our school, students were happy.  We cheered when we'd see him walking across from the Rectory to coach our sports teams and check in with students.  When the “Old Bastards” as we ALL called the OTHER priests, used to give out report cards, they'd ALWAYS find a reason the insult and belittle you for non perfect grades, and always in front of the WHOLE class (of 44 students.) IF you had straight A's, as many of us often did, they would attack you personally.... "You're getting too fat for that uniform Colleen" Do you really NEED those coke bottle glasses Carla?” “Can't you get some new shoes Tee?”  And of course everyone was horrified on report card day.  We didn't know what to do when Fr. Baker praised us for straight A's, and for those with less than perfect grades, he checked to see if they needed help, and turned to the teacher to make sure it would happen. A complete 180 to the “Old Bastards.”  He performed the weddings for many of our older siblings, and even funerals for some of  our parents.  He was an incredible man at the time.

Yes, Fr. Baker he did something terribly wrong, but only after he was denied counseling for the many issues he was having.  (Probably stemming from the fact that the catholic church completely denies ALL SEX, period.)  He was in his early 20's.  Who KNOWS what the hell happened to him in HIS childhood.  All the "Victims" got every bit of counseling they could ever used.... but did this 20 something after whatever may have happened to him.How many people do YOU know who could go for 10 years (or even 1 Year) without sex or masturbation, and NOT get "F"d up in the head.  Sex is a NORMAL Human function, like breathing, and peeing,  When you're denied indefinitely, it DOES begin to "F"  with your head. And when you ASK for help and are told NO, it just makes it worse.  Imagine the agony that people go through with regular problems.... It's far worse when you are denied NORMAL HUMAN FUNCTIONS. (Add to that whatever MAY have happened to him as a child that was never resolved or treated.) 

THAT’S what the church does to EVERY PRIEST AND NUN.  Is it any wonder there are almost NONE left at most Catholic schools.  Is it any wonder some get so messed up they hurt the children they are meant to protect.  There is NO excuse for it, or justification for it, but it’s NOT surprising when you REALLY look deeply into it.So yes, he acted out, and did things that are inexcusable. I don't pretend to understand it, but I DO believe in forgiving a sinner and hating the sin. (And for every one of you Christians reading this and shaking your head, you KNOW deep down inside that THAT is what you were taught! Don’t Deny and don’t hate for being called out here.)   And the FIRST ONE OF YOU WHO HAS NEVER EVER COMMITTED ANY SIN, YOU ALONE MAY START THE JUDGING.... but none of you OR ME are perfect, so we'll leave that Judging up to God.

HAD Mahoney provided ANY of the priests the counseling they were BEGGING for in the 70's and 80's, MOST of this would NEVER have happened. MAHONEY is the MONSTER here, who to this day, CONTINUES to try to cover up everything he can.  They threw Father Mike to the wolves, in hopes it would all go away with his incarceration.  But it only started a firestorm, from which Mahoney is STILL running. (And THANKFULLY the LA DA's office is HOT on his trail.)

There were more than 39 accusations. 37 of them were disproved. Students from my school were approached and offered money to LIE about being molested. They were told they could get MILLIONS, and they didn't go for it as opportunists.  I know two people with whom he was accused of being inappropriate.  They did not file charges and they did not get money.  They are well adjusted adults with families. 

The TWO they made stick (From another school) were the ones for which the DA wanted to jail him for life.   He plea bargained to accept responsibility for some that were complete BS, in exchange for future testimony against Mahoney, and 10 years vs LIFE in prison.  He was also specifically NOT designated as a sexually violent predator (SVP)by the state of California, because they KNEW they had no evidence of that.So there is a difference in a child molester/pedophile (SVP) who stalks children and continues despite counseling, and a person who needed help, never got it and acted out.  Again, I don't condone or understand what he said he did. But I know he was convicted and did time for crimes he did and did not not do.  I also know he finally received the counseling he needed, and unlike the textbook pedophile/child abuser who has no remorse, HE is FULL of remorse.I understand people hear about this, see someone who was accused and jailed, and instantly fly off the handle and spout their opinions, and rightfully so. EVERY ONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION. Just remember they ARE NOT THE TRUTH, they are just opinions, and like an @$$hole, everyone has one, and most of them stink.But if you don't KNOW the person you are accusing, unless YOU have never sinned, you have no business judging and demanding anything. He stood trial, he was judged by a jury, and he did the time for the crimes the judge ruled on.  The rest of the fraudulent cases were dismissed. And when it came time for his release this year, the trumped up charges from the same family who got paid off, who’s ‘other son’ suddenly had repressed memories surface…were dismissed too.  Total Bull$#IT.I KNOW the full situation with his recent arrest. I won't share it here because it's completely personal. It was done merely to prove a point and show ‘who is boss.’  What was reported was NOT what happened. And as EVERY Lawyer will tell you, the FIRST THING they throw out of court IS THE TRUTH!SO SAY WHAT YOU WILL.  YOU DON'T KNOW THE MAN, YOU DIDN'T GROW UP WITH HIM. YOU WEREN'T PROTECTED FROM VICIOUS HATEFUL ADULTS BY HIM... BUT SOME OF US WERE AND MOST OF US HAVE LONG SINCE FORGIVEN HIM FOR HIS SINS, JUST LIKE WE ASK OTHERS TO DO IN CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY.  IF YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN READING THIS, YOU SHOULD BE DOING THE SAME.  AND IF YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN, AND YOU’RE SO CONCERNED… GO TALK TO YOUR LOCAL CLERGY IF YOU BELONG, OR YOUR KIDS TEACHERS, (AND NUNS IF THERE ARE ANY) GET TO KNOW THEM…  AND IF YOU DON’T TRUST YOUR CHILDRENS TEACHERS, YOU CAN ALWAYS HOME SCHOOL THEM.  OR FIND SOME WAY TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR SCHOOLING.  JUST A THOUGHT. 

Joe
Joe

Looks more like a Fullerton Cop!

Virginiazxj6jag1988
Virginiazxj6jag1988

This is from a mother of a victim, I said he would do it again. He thinks the church will keep him out of jail all the time. So people from the church that's where your money is going to help Baker.                A Mother who cares

Ustrutynski
Ustrutynski

I think Baker is incorrigible, addicted to sex with young boys.  If I'm right, this reduces his moral guilt, but also argues for keeping him off the streets.  A state that takes seriously its obligation to keep citizens safe would likely impose both custody and treatment on Baker.  I have no idea what California will do.  But if it does not do enough to reduce the threat of Baker to potential victims, then why arrest him now?  BTW, how is it he was caught so easily?  Was he being followed after his release, and, if so, at whose expense?  The actions of all the parties to this sorry spectacle are making me uneasy.

JEWBALL
JEWBALL

That was a long time ago, GET OVER IT!

I'm calling Fr. John on you right now!

Melanie Jula Sakoda
Melanie Jula Sakoda

We hope that this development means that Michael Stephen Baker will now serve the rest of his 10 year sentence behind bars. Kids are safest when predators are jailed. We also hope this case will inspire other victims and witnesses to find the strength to call law enforcement. Don't suffer in silence! Melanie Jula SakodaSurvivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)SNAP East Bay Directormelanie.sakoda@gmail.com925-708-6175

Anon
Anon

St. Pius X HS or St. Paul HS in Santa Fe Springs?

Jgpgpgpf1
Jgpgpgpf1

Has Roy Rivenburg reported on this story?

glorybe29
glorybe29

Please tell me what to tell my son and his wife  who have a family in Rancho Bernardo, Ca. .  that are still going to the RCC. When in 2001,the scandal started, the children were going trough First comunion.  Now its confirmation....  they don't want to confuse the children..  They know we (THE GRANDPARENTS ) LEFT IN 2001.  and they do know there is a problem.    Please Help! 

Two Tenn
Two Tenn

I hope Baker’smug-shot is available so he can be spotted faster next time.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

1. There's no one ncier or more personable than a con-man.

 

2. It doesn't matter how many kids he didn't touch, IF he abused even ONE, he failed in his duty as a pastor and should be removed.

Tee
Tee

V...he has NOTHING to do with the church... THEY threw him to the wolves and excommunicated him..... he detests them.

Tee
Tee

UST.. you are wrong... he is not incorrigible, nor addicted to sex.  He was Not "CAUGHT" so easily.  He, like all other parolees wear a ankle bracelet with a GPS that downloads.  It was long after he went into an am/pm minimart, and then went home,  that the gps reported the location.  They saw that there was a school around the corner, down the street BEHIND another building, just inside the 2000' range, but not visible from the street...  and they used THAT data to create a warrant and arrest him later.  

Vickid1026
Vickid1026

He, like most paroles nowadays, has a GPS anklet that tracks where he goes and showed he was within 50 feet of the school

Tee
Tee

don't you mean the Rabbi Jewball??

Mat Gleason
Mat Gleason

Gustavo's brownie kicked in before the facts could get in the way.

Tee
Tee

Vicki you are inaccurate.  it's not 50 feet. it's 2000 feet.  see the note above. he was nearly 1/3 mile from the school, not 50 feet.... and MOST people don't know the school is there... it's completely hidden from the street by another building.

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