A Michigan priest is looking at 25 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy.

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The Church

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I'm not here to try and convert anyone to the church but in general, we would all agree that a church should be a safe and kind place for anyone, especially young children.

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I would also think it's fair to assume the priest, preacher, pastor, minister, or whatever your church calls him, would lead by example and be the one most likely for those in need to turn to and to be able to do so safely without reservation.

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Any kind of sexual abuse toward a child or any human being is unacceptable but always seems the most disturbing when it comes from a man of the cloth.

Michigan Priest Convicted of Sexually Abusing a 7-Year-Old Boy


This is a case of a 7-year-old boy who was sexually assaulted in 2004 by a Catholic priest in Detroit.

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According to WOOD, 60-year-old Reverend Joseph "Jack" Baker was charged in 2019 with sexually abusing a minor at St. Mary Parish in Wayne. The victim did not tell anyone at the time of the assault because of the influence Baker had over the child.

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Now that Baker has been convicted of the sexual assault crime, he is spending his days in the Wayne County Jail until his sentencing on December 19, 2022.

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Baker is looking at a sentence in prison of up to 25 years. Baker's attorney, Patrick Bagley plans to appeal.

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