Former police officer wanted for sex crimes turns himself in

10:54 AM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
  • Michael Shane Baker in custody. Photo courtesy: Claiborne Co. Sheriff's Dept.
    
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A former LaFollette Police officer wanted for sex crimes turned himself in this morning, after more than two months on the run.

A Campbell County grand jury returned a 44 count indictment against Michael Baker, 39, on July 11. He was charged with 22 counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and 22 counts of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Authorities could not locate Baker after his indictment, and the TBI placed him on its 10 Most Wanted List.

According to Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray, Baker contacted Claiborne County Cheif Detective David Honeycutt at home just after midnight on Monday, and said he was tired of being on the run and was willing to turn himself in to Honeycutt.

Honeycutt and two other officers met Baker at a home on West Jacksboro Road, where Baker turned himself in.  He is being held in the Claiborne County Corrections Center awaiting transportation to Campbell County.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has put the former LaFollette Police officer wanted for internet sex crimes on its Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Michael Shane Baker is described as a bald, white male with blue eyes. He is 5'11" and weighs approximately 220 lbs. He is a former police officer and may be armed. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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Authorities are looking for a former LaFollette Police officer who is accused of having inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old girl from Georgia.

A Campbell County grand jury returned a 44 count indictment against Michael Baker, 39, on July 11.  He was charged with 22 counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and 22 counts of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to a press release from the LaFollette Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation contacted them several months ago about the allegations against Baker.  LPD notified the Knoxville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Division to assist in the investigation.  The investigation determined that the crimes were committed between August 2011 and December 2011 in Campbell County

Baker is believed to be living in the New Tazewell area of Claiborne County, but so far, authorities have not been able to locate him to arrest him.

If you have any information about Baker's location, please call the LaFollette Police Department at 423-562-8331 or the TBI at 1-800-744-4000.

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