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Eastern Oklahoma registered sex offender sentenced to 39 years in federal prison for producing child pornography

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A man from eastern Oklahoma, who was a registered sex offender, was sentenced Thursday to 39 years in federal prison for producing child pornography, and producing child pornography as a registered sex offender.

This sentence was announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

In addition to his 348-month prison sentence, David Anthony Baker, 35, of Howe, Okla., was also sentenced to life on supervised release.

Baker was indicted in June and pleaded guilty to these charges in July.

The Indictment alleged that between about August 2011 and March 2013, Baker enticed and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. At the time, Baker was already a registered sex offender following his previous California conviction for sexually exploiting children.

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White sentenced Baker Dec. 19. Baker will remain in U.S. Marshals Service custody pending his transfer to the designated federal prison where he will serve his non-parolable sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Snow, Eastern District of Oklahoma, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was conducted under HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2013, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI's Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.