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Baca sentenced to three years for violating predatory registration law

Robert Baca

Level 3 predatory offender Robert Baca was sentenced Thursday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of violating the state's predatory offender registration law.

Baca was sentenced to 39 months (more than three years) in prison on the charge, and was also assessed $210 in court fines and public defender fees. He will serve his time at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, according to court documents.

Baca, 45. was initially charged following a Tuesday, June 22 incident in which he tampered with the GPS tracking bracelet that he was required to wear as a condition of his release from prison.

Baca, 44, was released from prison the day before the incident, and moved into a residence on the 300 block of Summit Avenue. On June 22, at around 3:30 p.m., he cut off the ankle bracelet and left his residence, initiating a law enforcement manhunt that lasted several hours.

Officers from all around the area came to Detroit Lakes to help. Local police and Becker County deputies received assistance from Lake Park, Audubon, Frazee, Pelican Rapids, the State Patrol, Otter Tail County and the State Department of Corrections.

Officers scoured the city and surrounding areas looking for Baca. He was finally arrested at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Pelican Rapids. By 7:40 p.m., he was being booked into the Becker County Jail.

The 2010 incident wasn't the first time Baca had caused a stir in Detroit Lakes. In 2008, he announced his intention to move to Detroit Lakes after serving nearly 10 years in prison for a 1997 conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He was accused of raping a woman and threatening to kill her in Detroit Lakes in 1996, according to court records.

In 2008, Baca left town almost immediately, on a bus bound for the Twin Cities, but failed to check in with Minneapolis police as required.

He was later arrested by the U.S. Marshal Service in California, and on July 23, 2009, was convicted on a felony charge of violating the predatory offender registration law.

He'd just been released from prison on that conviction last June when he took off his tracking device.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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