Grand jury indicts man accused of sexually assaulting boys at St. Paul’s

  • Former St. Paul’s School student Benjamin Baker at his arraignment. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

  • Former St. Paul’s student Benjamin Baker confers with his lawyer after his arraignment and bail hearing at Merrimack Superior Court on Friday, April 5, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 4/22/2019 2:39:32 PM

A Virginia man accused of sexually assaulting two boys on the campus of St. Paul’s School while he was a student, and in the years after graduation, has been indicted on 11 felony sexual assault charges.

Benjamin Baker, 61, of Falls Church, Va., faces five counts each of deviate sexual relations and felonious sexual assault, as well as one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault for abuse dating back to the 1970s at the Concord prep school, according to court documents. He also faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge in connection with an incident in Bow.

Court records show that Baker was released from the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen on April 10, five days after a superior court judge ordered Baker to post $2,500 cash, in addition to $2,500 surety bail to allow for electronic monitoring. Baker has since surrendered his passport to Concord police.

The Concord Police Department began its investigation of Baker in June 2017 when St. Paul’s administrators first learned of the abuse allegations and reported them.

Baker, a star wrestler during his time at St. Paul’s in the 1970s, is accused of sexually assaulting two brothers, both of whom were entrusted in Baker’s care for years and lived on campus with family. Police allege the abuse occurred when Baker was a student and after he graduated in 1974.

Prosecutors say the victims, now in their 50s, did not disclose the abuse to authorities for decades because they feared social shame and humiliation, as well as not being believed and retribution by Baker.

Under New Hampshire law, children who are sexually assaulted by an adult can pursue criminal charges until age 40. But the clock stopped running in this case because Baker left New Hampshire, meaning there was still an opportunity for police to investigate and file charges.

Baker was taken into custody in Virginia on the morning of Feb. 25. He remained in jail for more than a month before a judge ordered his release on several conditions to include supervision on electronic monitoring.

The next hearing is scheduled for June 17 in Concord.

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