'Wizard' sentenced to life in sex assault case

Gary Baker, 62, found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child


SAN ANTONIO – Convicted child molester Gary Baker, 62, was sentenced to life in prison by District Judge Sid Harle Thursday.

Baker was convicted of forcing the 7-year-old daughter of his girlfriend to perform sex acts when he lived with the family in 2003.

The victim, who is now 19 and a college student, testified that Baker told her that he was a wizard and she would receive "wizard powers" if she complied with his demands.  And that they would both be burned up if she told anyone.

During the punishment phase of Baker's trial, the woman confronted Baker with some harsh words as she delivered her victim impact statement.

"Words cannot explain how much pain, how many nightmares and how many awful thoughts -- how filthy I thought I was for what you did to me," she said.

She called Baker "the scum of the earth" and told him that he was nothing more than "a waste of space."

"You don't deserve to even breathe the same air normal human beings get to breathe," the woman told Baker. "I hope you stay in prison until you die."

Baker, who opted to act as his own lawyer during the two-day trial, said he planned to appeal the verdict and sentence and asked for a court-appointed attorney.

Before he sentenced Baker, Harle took into account Baker's criminal record that included two previous convictions in child sex cases.

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