TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — A former corrections officer at the Tompkins County Jail was sentenced to six years probation for sexually abusing an inmate.

Michael Baker, 27, of Enfield, was sentenced on Nov. 14 following a jury trial in August in Lansing Town Court. A jury found Baker guilty of second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. In 2016, Baker was originally charged with third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sex act, both felonies, according to a Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office news release.

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Baker was found guilty of subjecting a female inmate to sexual contact. An investigation conducted by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office examined evidence that Baker received oral sex and had intercourse with a female inmate in her cell, according to court records. 

At the time of the incident, Baker was a corrections officer at the Tompkins County Jail and the victim was a female inmate. As an incarcerated person, the victim was unable to legally consent, according to the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office.

On Nov. 14, Baker was sentenced to six years of probation and he must register as a sex offender.

Mitchell Wajda

Mitchell Wajda is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice and a senior at Ithaca College where he studies screenwriting. Mitchell can be reached via email at