ORLANDO, Fla.–A citizen of the United Kingdom and resident of Celebration was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release for using children to produce child pornography online.
The sentence resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the former Child Predator Cybercrime Unit of the Florida Attorney General’s Office.
John David Baker, 30, is also required to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, beginning in or about November 2008 through August 2010, Baker used computers and interactive computer services to engage in online conversations with several minor children. During this period, Baker worked as an actor and helped train and audition adults and children pursuing careers in the entertainment business. Baker also served as a talent judge for a talent competition in Florida. In this role, Baker met minor children who were auditioning for roles in the art and film industries.
After Baker contacted one of these children online, the child’s parent filed a complaint with law enforcement. Law enforcement subsequently interviewed Baker, and he acknowledged the director of the talent competition had confronted him about his inappropriate online contact with minors. He also admitted to having online sexual chats with other minors from the talent competition and to sending or trading sexual photos of himself and others during those chats. He solicited photos from at least 10 children in the talent competition. Baker obtained pornographic images over the Internet of at least one minor female, and he used those images to establish a fictitious online persona for himself. Using this false persona, Baker persuaded at least two other minor children to send him, via the Internet, images and videos of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
During the analysis of Baker’s computer, a forensic examiner located several images and a video of a minor male engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
“Mr. Baker abused his position as a talent judge and acting coach to pursue inappropriate relationships with minors,” said Shane Folden, deputy special agent in charge of HSI Tampa, which oversees the agency’s Jacksonville office that conducted this investigation. “We urge parents to talk to their children about how to protect themselves from sexual predators, and if they are exploited, they should report it. There are dedicated law enforcement officers and special agents at all levels of government who will do something about it. This case is testament to that. Mr. Baker will spend the next 25 years behind bars due to his actions.”
Baker has been in U.S. Marshals custody since his arrest Sept. 7, 2012.