A Florida man The Gazette wrote about three years ago after he was arrested on allegations that he sexually abused an Iowa City girl more than a decade ago has pleaded guilty to four felony counts of lascivious acts with a child.
Jeremy Baker, 37, of Naples, Fla., was sentenced to 15 years per charge – five years for each of the class C felonies plus a sentence enhancer of 10 years per charge for being a registered sex offender.
It’s unclear, based on state court records, whether Baker will have to serve those sentences back to back or whether he’ll be allowed to serve them concurrently. Baker’s case, after years of delays, was scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday.
His case was postponed so many times because he faced similar criminal charges in Florida. Baker in October 2011 was convicted of four counts of lewd lascivious molestation following a jury trial.
Baker was arrested on the Iowa charges in 2009 after police said he inappropriately touched a girl when she was 4 or 5 years old from 1998 to 2000. Her caretaker learned of the abuse in 2009 and contacted the Collier County Sheriff’s Department in Naples, according to documents.
I couldn’t find Baker listed on the Iowa Department of Corrections website, but Baker is currently listed as an inmate with the Florida Department of Corrections. He is scheduled for release from that state’s prison system in 2030.