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St. Paul’s grad to return to N.H. to face charges in alleged 1970s sex assault

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Monitor staff
Published: 2/26/2019 1:08:45 PM

A St. Paul’s School graduate accused of sexually assaulting two children decades ago will soon return to New Hampshire to face a judge.

Benjamin Baker, 61, of Falls Church, Va., waived extradition Tuesday morning to the Granite State from Virginia, where he was taken into custody early Monday on a fugitive from justice charge and on a warrant issued in connection with the 1970s sexual assault case at the Concord prep school. He will be transported back to New Hampshire within 10 days, according to Concord police.

Baker will answer to five counts each of felonious sexual assault and deviate sexual relations, as well as one count each of aggravated felonious sexual assault and misdemeanor sexual assault. He is accused of sexually assaulting two children during his time as a St. Paul’s student and after he graduated in 1974.

Police said a member of the victims’ family worked for the prep school and lived on campus during the time of the alleged abuse.

Concord police began their investigation of Baker in summer 2017. The department was able to pursue charges in the decades-old case because Baker moved out of New Hampshire, thereby stopping the clock on the statute of limitations. In most cases, children who are sexually assaulted by an adult in the state have until age 40 to pursue criminal charges.

Concord’s district court has not yet scheduled a date for Baker’s arraignment.


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