Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that a Pike County grand jury last week indicted Anthony Baker for crimes that allegedly occurred while he hosted underage drinking parties, which included the use of illegal narcotics.
The grand jury indicted Baker, 51, of Pikeville, for second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class D felony; third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class A misdemeanor; and second-degree wanton endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor.
The youngest minor allegedly attending these parties was 15 years old.
On or about June 6, 2019, the Pikeville Police Department requested the assistance of Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigation regarding a case involving Baker.
“Our priority is to protect Kentucky families, especially our children,” Beshear said. “I commend the Pikeville Police Department for their work and assistance in disrupting this activity.”
Given this is an ongoing joint investigation with the department and Beshear’s office, no more details are available at this time.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Baker is scheduled to be arraigned in Pike Circuit Court on July 31 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Since taking office, Beshear has made it a priority to protect Kentucky children from many crimes including human trafficking and sexual abuse.
Earlier this month, Beshear announced that an ongoing labor trafficking investigation involving multiple agencies led to Shawn Floyd, 54, of Indianapolis, being charged with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor, and one count of controlled substance prescription not in original container, a Class B misdemeanor.
Floyd allegedly brought Indiana children to Kentucky to sell candy for him for profit and forced 12 minors to sleep in one hotel room with three adults. The minors were forced to purchase their own meals and water. The youngest minor was 11 years old. Kentucky labor law requires a person to be at least 14 years old to be employed.
Beshear’s office has also trained more than 9,000 individuals, including law enforcement
officers, prosecutors, parents, students, bankers, firefighters and child advocates to understand how traffickers recruit victims and how to identify victims and provide appropriate response to victims of both labor and sex trafficking.
Also in July, Beshear and his Office of Special Prosecutions announced Timothy C. Ray Sr., 64, of Catlettsburg, pleaded guilty in Boyd County Circuit Court to committing third-degree sodomy against a child under the age of 16, a Class D felony, in 1995; first-degree sexual abuse against a child under 12, a Class C felony, in 2007; and first-degree sexual abuse against a 17-year-old, a Class D felony, in 1994.
In 2018, Beshear’s office led the prosecution of Ray in separate but related cases where a jury convicted Ray on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse against children under the age of 12, a Class C felony, for crimes that occurred in 2015. Ray was sentenced to five years for each charge to run consecutively for 10 years. Since his first indictment in 2015, Ray has remained in custody in the Boyd County Detention Center.
Beshear’s office has also taken child predators off the streets in record numbers.
Beshear said Kentuckians have a moral and legal duty to report any instance of child abuse to local law enforcement or to Kentucky’s Child Abuse hotline at 877-597-2331 or 877-KYSAFE1.