Carthage Chief: Baker Left Force Before Alleged Crimes
Carthage Police Chief Bart Davis said a former police officer was not employed with his department when he allegedly committed wrongdoings.
Travis Lee Baker, 32, of the 500 block of Sandwoods Farm Road, Pinehurst, is facing multiple charges in connection with two SBI investigations.
Baker is charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count each of crime against nature, second-degree rape and second-degree sexual assault and obstruction of justice.
The incident that led to those charges is alleged to have happened Aug. 16, 2011, when Baker was a member of the Robbins Police Department, according to Noelle Talley, a spokesperson for the State Bureau of Investigation.
Talley referred questions on the matter to Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger. Phone messages left for Krueger were not returned by deadline.
Baker was dismissed from the Robbins Police Department on Monday prior to his indictment from the grand jury, according to town officials.
He had worked with the Robbins department as a full-time officer since July 2011.
Following his indictment, Baker was arrested by SBI agents and placed in the Moore County jail under a $25,000 secured bond.
He later posted bond and was released.
Baker is also charged with five counts each of unauthorized access of a government computer, and identity theft and another count of obstruction of justice.
Talley said in an email that those charges stem from activities alleged to have occurred in March 2011 when he was a member of the Carthage Police Department.
Davis declined to comment on the charges, but did say the alleged wrongdoing “was not something done here.”
“We were made aware of an SBI investigation in March of 2011,” Davis said. “That was the first we knew of it. Before that he was separated from the department since February 2010.”
Baker was employed with the Carthage Police Department from Nov-ember 2007 to February 2010, Davis said.
Davis said Baker submitted a resignation letter to the department on Jan. 19, 2010. He described the letter as “short and sweet,” and said it offered no written reason for the decision to leave.
Robbins Town Manager George Hayfield said earlier this week that the town was unaware of the original SBI investigation when Baker was hired.
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