Trial coming for Lewiston man suspected of viewing child porn

LOGAN — The child pornography case for a 62-year-old Lewiston man is headed to trial next month, after attorneys for both sides failed to reach a plea agreement.  Gregory Baker is suspected of viewing child pornography on his work computer before being fired.

Baker appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday afternoon.  He was charged in 2016 with four counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, a third-degree felony.  He has pleaded not guilty.

Baker’s defense attorney, Greg Skabelund, told the court they were ready to proceed to trial.  He explained that Baker wished to waive his right to a jury trial and asked for a bench trial instead, where a judge will determine whether he is guilty or innocent.

Judge Kevin Allen agreed with the request and scheduled the trial for June 6.  It is expected to last one day.

During a preliminary hearing 2018, the company’s IT Security Manager where Baker was employed testified that they first became alarmed in December 2015, when suspicious material appeared on his company computer.  Believing it could be Malware, the company set up a nearby camera and computer program to monitor its use.  Six months later they called police after determining the defendant was using internet search engines to view pictures of young girls.

Police reported that the screen shots, taken from the computer monitoring program, appeared to be child pornography, but since they were screen shots of actual pictures, they could not be verified.  They said, during an interview, Baker admitted to viewing and printing various pictures.  He would then take the pictures to a bathroom and flush them down the toilet.

Baker was never booked into jail.  He could face up to five-years in prison if convicted.


will@cvradio.com

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