Attorney General Dana Nessel continues to charge Catholic priests alleged to have engaged in criminal sexual conduct, something she indicated to the Advance last month would be forthcoming.
Nessel’s office on Monday announced it had charged Father Joseph (Jack) Baker of Wayne County with one count of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. The charge against Baker originated based on a tip from the Archdiocese of Detroit, which had received a complaint, according to the attorney general’s office.
Baker has been a pastor at St. Perpetua Parish in Waterford in Oakland County since 2008. Prior to that, he was a pastor at St. Mary Parish in the city of Wayne, associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Dearborn, and associate pastor at St. Hugo of the Hills Parish in Bloomfield Hills.
Nessel’s office initially charged in May five priests with criminal sexual assault May. In a statement on Monday Nessel indicated that there will likely be numerous other charges as her office continues to investigate sexual abuse that has been covered up by the Catholic Church around the world for decades.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Nessel. “Our clergy abuse investigative team is working day and night to review the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and files seized from all seven of Michigan’s dioceses last fall. At the same time, we continue to receive calls daily from victims who know we will listen to them, believe in them, and investigate their allegations. They deserve nothing less than our very best.”