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Lehighton man faces rape charge

Published September 11. 2017 01:15PM

A Lehighton man is in jail on charges of raping an 11-year-old girl.

Timothy Baker, 31, of the 300 block of North First Street, is charged on five counts each of corruption of minors and indecent assault; two counts of aggravated indecent assault; and one count each of rape by forcible compulsion and statutory sexual assault.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Lehighton Borough Police Detective Matt Arner:

On June 14, Arner said an 11-year-old girl was brought to the police station by her mother.

She told police she had been sexually assaulted by a man identified as Baker, over the course of several months.

The victim said there were at least five incidents at two residences in Lehighton.

Arner spoke to Baker on July 5, but he denied all allegations against him at that time.

Arner also spoke with two of the girl's classmates, and both confirmed that the victim confided to them about the allegations in May.

Baker is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge Eric Schrantz at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

He remains incarcerated in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $200,000, 10 percent bail.

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