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Fort Sill soldier convicted of child sexual assault

by Phillip O'Connor Published: May 20, 2014
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Another Fort Sill soldier has been convicted of sexual misconduct with a child, the latest in a spate of such incidents involving personnel at the state’s largest military installation.

Authorities accused Pfc. H. Cohen Baker of committing a sex act on a girl between the ages of 12 and 16, sending and soliciting lewd pictures and possessing child pornography. He also was charged with wrongfully using two over-the-counter medications: Coricidin and Dramamine.

The incidents occurred in August and September, 2012. Baker, who entered the service in September 2011, served with Headquarters Support Battery, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade. A fort spokesman said Baker was not married and that he was not related to the victim.

A military judge, Lt. Col. Wade N. Faulkner, ordered that Baker be reduced to the lowest rank and receive a bad conduct discharge following a two-day trial last week. He did not receive jail time and was not required to forfeit pay. The discipline still must be approved by the fort’s commanding general, who could lessen the punishment.

Baker is at least the sixth soldier from the Army post to be convicted at court-martial of sexual misconduct with a child since July 2012. Two soldiers are awaiting trial. Two other soldiers have been found not guilty of such charges since mid-April. None of the cases are related. The number of Fort Sill soldiers tried in civilian courts on similar charges could not immediately be determined. Soldiers convicted of sexual misconduct can be required to register as sex offenders.

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by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently...
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