Alabama school employee charged with multiple sexual misconduct crimes

Published: Mar. 15, 2023 at 11:07 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - An Alabama school employee faces multiple sexual misconduct charges following a recent arrest.

According to court documents, Charles Edward Baker, Jr. is charged with school employee sexual contact and sex abuse of a child less than 12 years old.

The documents accuse the 59-year-old of inappropriately touching a student, stating he felt an 11-year-old girl on her buttock.

Additionally, it says Baker intentionally and knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a student under 19 by rubbing her lower back and around her buttock.

Opelika City School sent a statement confirming Baker was a substitute teacher hired through an outside agency, and they are fully cooperating with the police investigation into the incident.

“After the alleged incident was reported, Baker was asked to leave the school and has not returned to school property,” stated the Opelika City School officials.

He was given a $65,000 bond and is expected for a court hearing on April 5.