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State appeals court reverses ruling, commits sex offender in Otter Tail County case

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed a Clay County judge's ruling and found that a convicted sex offender is a sexually dangerous individual and civilly committed him.

David Bryon Baker, who was in custody pending the appellate decision, pleaded guilty in 2001 in Otter Tail County District Court to two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving two girls. During treatment, Baker admitted to sexually abusing more than a dozen children, with many of the cases occurring decades ago, according to court documents.

Following court proceedings held in Moorhead, Judge Steven Cahill said Baker did not meet the definition of a sexually dangerous person. Baker had served a prison sentence for offenses committed in Otter Tail County.

The court's ruling reverses Cahill's decision to dismiss a petition that sought to have Baker committed indefinitely to a state hospital.