David Baker – Startforth

April 2018

Baker forced vulnerable girl, 15, to perform sick sex act in hotel room

A baker previously convicted in Birmingham sobbed as he admitted forcing a vulnerable child to perform a sex act in a hotel room.

David Lionel Baker, 43, from of Startforth, near Barnard Castle, County Durham, ran a popular bakery called The Moody Baker and targeted his victim via social media.

He had discovered she was vulnerable and suffering personal issues in June 2016.

Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, told the court how Baker feigned concern for the 15-year-old victim.

He steered the exchanges in an increasingly sexual and graphic direction and eventually he began performing sex acts over video chat.

The victim told officers she covered her phone as she did not want to see what was happening

Baker solicited nude images from his victim who said she was “worried he would tell people about other personal issues”

He repeatedly indulged in graphic conversation about his own genitalia and detailed his perverted fantasies to his victim.

The grooming campaign eventually culminated in Baker following his victim to a Newcastle hotel room and pressuring her into performing a sex act on him and groping her.

He later messaged the 15-year-old “it’s your turn next”.

She confided in friends about what had happened and the police became involved.

Before the trial, Baker attempted to erase messages from his phone and searched the internet for information about what happens after being arrested.

Baker, a father-of-two, was convicted for a similar offence in Birmingham over a decade ago.

The court was told how he was convicted on February 22, 2007 in a Birmingham court for grooming and having sexual activity with a 15-year-old he met on an online chat room.

He received a six month sentence suspended for two years and was made to sign the sex offender’s register after insisting he was “in love with her”.

Judge Stephen Earl told Baker to expect a custodial sentence when he sentences in two weeks.

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