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Black Collar Crime: Catholic Priest Joseph “Jack” Baker Accused of Sexual Assault

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Joseph “Jack” Baker, pastor of St. Perpetua Parish in Waterford, Michigan, stands accused sexually assaulting a child.

The Oakland Press reports:

Father Joseph “Jack” Baker, 57, is on an electronic tether following his arraignment July 8 in 29th District Court, according to the Wayne County Jail website. Judge Laura Redmond Mack assigned a $500,000 personal bond at arraignment, which doesn’t require bail to be posted.

Baker, pastor of St. Perpetua Parish in Waterford since 2008, is one of six metro Detroit priests facing sexual abuse charges as part of an ongoing investigation by the state’s attorney general’s office. He was arrested July 8 in Wayne County and is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct – sexual penetration with a person under 13 years old, multiple variables. Court records list the offense date as Feb. 1, 2004.

Baker is also a former associate pastor at St. Hugo of the Hills Parish in Bloomfield Hills and Sacred Heart Parish in Dearborn, and former pastor at St. Mary Parish in Wayne. He also was administrator at St. Benedict in Waterford in 2011, campus minister at Wayne State Medical School Campus Ministry and administrator at three churches in Inkster. He was ordained in 1993.

Attorney General Dana Nessel is calling the case “just the tip of the iceberg,” and said her office is reviewing “hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and files” seized last fall from Michigan’s seven diocese.


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    The funny thing is that Judge Mack has refused PR bonds for low level misdemeanors. Remanding them back to jail until they can pay.

    This was a felony involving a child being sodomized.

    What did the “honorable” judge do after granting the PR bond? Recused herself from the case because of personal involvement.
    Little Ms. “I have a duty to protect the community” released a potential predator back into the wild because she’s buddies with him.

    “I put him on a tether” I can hear her retorting.
    But then I remember being in the court room when she put extra stipulations on someone in a totally different kind of case “He could always cut off the monitor.”
    I guess rapist priests wouldn’t cut off an ankle monitor to do it again.

    White trash, black robes.

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