LaFOLLETTE—A former LaFollette Police Officer will spend the next 20 years behind bars.
Michael Shane Baker, 40, appeared in jeans and a white T-shirt in Campbell County Criminal Court to answer to a July 2012 indictment charging him with 22 counts of especially aggravated exploitation of a minor and 21 counts of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Baker was charged after a multi-agency investigation between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, TBI and the Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce.
The victim was a female from Georgia.
After his indictment, Baker spent several months on the run and on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s 10 Most Wanted list.
In October 2012, he turned himself in to the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department.
In photos released to the public during the summer, Baker was clean-shaven and bald. When deputies arrested him, he had grown out his hair and beard and had lost approximately 40 pounds.
Baker pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor. He was sentenced to 10 years for each count to be served subsequently.
Baker’s crimes took place between August and December 2011.