LANSING, N.Y. — A former corrections at the Tompkins County Jail has been convicted of sexually abusing an inmate.

Michael B. Baker, 27, of Enfield, was found guilty of second-degree sexual abuse after a jury trial in Lansing Town Court. The jury came back with a verdict Wednesday.

Baker was found guilty of subjecting another person to sexual contact when that person is legally unable to consent, the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office said. At the time of the offense, Baker was a corrections officer at the Tompkins County Jail and the victim was a female inmate.

Baker was initially charged in 2016 and court records stated that Baker received oral sex and had intercourse with a female inmate. The charges stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. The incidents occurred while Baker was employed in a temporary status as a corrections officer from Aug. 1, 2016 to Nov. 29, 2016.

Baker will be required to register as a sex offender.

Baker’s sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 10 before Judge W. David Banfield.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Johnson. Baker was defended by Thomas Kheel.

Kelsey O'Connor

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