A Nicholasville man who photographed his sexual encounters with a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in federal prison.
Ernest Wayne Baker, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell in Lexington. Court documents say that Baker and his son, Robert, 27, engaged in sexually explicit conduct with the girl at an Ohio hotel room in February 2010.
Ernest Baker had engaged in sexual acts with the girl on previous occasions. In addition, Ernest Baker took several sexually explicit photographs of the girl and on two occasions used a video camera to record the sexual conduct, according to a criminal complaint.
Investigators searched Ernest Baker's phone and discovered that he had been communicating with at least 25 other minor girls via text messages. Authorities also found child pornography on his home computer.
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Ernest Baker met the 13-year-old on a social networking site, where he communicated with her while posing as a teenage girl and as a teenage boy in December 2009. Baker then began chatting with the girl through cell-phone text messages.
Producing child pornography carries the strongest penalty of all the federal child porn charges. Defendants convicted of producing child porn receive a minimum of 15 years in federal prison and a maximum of 30 years.