Imprisoned teen charged in assaults on three officers

March 03, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Hampstead teen-ager serving 18 months at the county detention center under a plea arrangement designed to keep him out of the state prison system has been charged with assaulting three correctional officers since September.

Douglas K. Baker, 17, is being charged as an adult, with bond set at $500,000.

Court records show Baker went on a crime spree in February 1997 and was charged in 17 incidents involving 87 charges, mainly unauthorized use of motor vehicles, burglary, theft and auto theft.

In one instance, a stolen pickup was found submerged in a Taneytown pond with a block of wood placed on the accelerator.

Circuit Court Judge Francis M. Arnold said at Baker's Aug. 21 sentencing that he wanted to address the youth's mental problems as well as provide an opportunity for restitution.

Arnold placed Baker on five years' probation upon his release, with the stipulation that the probation could be extended by five years if Baker fails to pay restitution of $15,000 to the victims.

Baker is accused of throwing a bottle of urine on Dfc. Kenneth Chesgreen on Sept. 12, assaulting Dfc. Robert Riggio on Oct. 23, and punching Deputy Dale Baker, breaking his glasses, on Dec. 29.

Arnold signed a juvenile waiver Feb. 25, allowing prosecutors to obtain an adult criminal warrant for Baker in the alleged assaults.

Prosecutor David P. Daggett said yesterday that if someone is convicted of assaulting a correctional officer, any sentence imposed can be consecutive to another being served.

Daggett said Baker's $500,000 bail is moot since he is incarcerated, but it would come into effect if Baker becomes eligible for release before the assault charges are resolved.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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