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Former Venango County Resident Failed To Update His Status In The Sex Offender Registry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Franklin, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of failure to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Thomas K. Baker, 56, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Baker knowingly failed to update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for February 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshal’s Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Baker.

Updated July 14, 2015