- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) A former priest who was moved from parish to parish after admitting to Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony that he molested young boys was arrested yesterday.
Former parish priest Michael Baker was charged with 13 counts of child molestation for incidents involving several victims from 1977 to 1985, police Sgt. Dan Scott said.
In 1986, Mr. Baker told Cardinal Mahony that he had molested young boys and was reassigned to several parishes after attending a treatment center for pedophile priests.
Cardinal Mahony has since issued a public apology for allowing the former priest to remain in the ministry after admitting his abuse. Mr. Baker has said the cardinal sent him to a treatment center in New Mexico without inquiring about the identity of his victims.
When two brothers living in Arizona prepared to sue the archdiocese in 2000, claiming Mr. Baker had molested them from 1984 to 1999, Cardinal Mahony signed off on a secret $1.3 million settlement.
Mr. Baker, 55, has retired from the priesthood.


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