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September 25, 2012

Former London detective jailed

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A former police detective was lodged in the same facility where he once took prisoners while serving on the police force.

Russell Wayne Baker, 40, of London, was housed at the Laurel County Detention Center following his sentencing hearing in Laurel Circuit Court on Friday.

Baker pled guilty on Aug. 15 to taking $104,063 from the London Police Department while he was employed there. As part of the plea agreement, Baker has to serve 90 days in jail and repay the money, plus an additional  $4,113 in accounting fees, at the rate of $300 per month within a 10-year probationary period.

Baker was a 16-year veteran of the city police department and had been promoted from a patrolman to the detective level during his tenure there. Baker submitted his resignation on May 1, 2011, stating that ongoing health problems from an injury limited his capabilities. Soon afterwards, an internal investigation revealed discrepancies with Baker’s bookkeeping policies and current Chief of Police Stewart Walker began an internal investigation before handing the case over to investigators from another agency.

“I noted the discrepancies and took immediate action,” Walker said during a prior interview. “I contacted the FBI, got the information together and let the Kentucky State Police do the rest of the investigation.”

Whether Baker will serve the full 90 days in the London jail was not known at press time Friday afternoon. However, jail records indicate Baker was still held at 5 p.m. that afternoon.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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