A 21-year-old Grass Valley man who had sex with three teen age girls was sentenced Tuesday to seven years and four months in prison.
Ryan J. Baker looked glum and his friends and family members teared up after Judge Ersel Edwards imposed the sentence in Nevada County Superior Court.
His lawyer, Greg Klein, urged a sentence of probation and jail time, punishment also recommended by two doctors. But the state Department of Corrections recommended prison.
The sex was “voluntary” and the girls didn’t want him in prison, Klein said.
Deputy District Attorney Chuck O’Rourke claimed Baker “groomed” the girls and, given their ages, the victims couldn’t have consented to sex.
“He’s the kind of predator that we don’t want on the streets to offend again,” he said.
In the end, Judge Edwards told Baker he had to have known he was doing wrong, given the time span of the incidents.
Baker pleaded guilty to three felony counts that involved victims ages 13 to 17 between December 2000 and September 2001.
The case surfaced after a county public health nurse learned that one girl contracted a sexually transmitted disease, according to a county Probation Department presentence report.
In other cases:
— Pierre C. Ensign, 41, of Nevada City, pleaded innocent Thursday to three felony counts alleging he molested a teenage girl in 1997.
— Jason C. Niesen, 24, of Rough and Ready, was sentenced Tuesday to three years’ probation and 270 days in jail for receiving stolen property. Grass Valley police say he was found April 18 with a laptop computer taken from a vehicle that was stolen weeks earlier, along with two stolen credit cards.
— Ronald R. Carman, a 44-year-old south county resident, pleaded innocent Tuesday to manufacturing methamphetamine. His codefendants – Linda Carman, 52; Bryan Carman, 28; and Alan Abgarian, 37 – are scheduled to enter pleas next month, according to court records. Charges stem from a Nov. 5 search by narcotics agents at Ronald Carman’s home, a county narcotics task force report says.
— Lucas R. Wildman, 23, of Nevada City, was sentenced Tuesday to three years’ probation and 45 days in jail for domestic assault, which occurred Dec. 24, 2001, according to court records.
— Richard J. Lynch, 29, was sentenced Oct. 21 to seven years and four months in prison for transporting methamphetamine and evading an officer in a motor vehicle. A parolee at the time, he was arrested Feb. 6 after leading authorities on a car chase that ended with a collision at Empire and Whiting streets in Grass Valley. Police reported finding 20 grams of methamphetamine in his car.
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