Former Director Of Fraternity And Sorority Life Charged With Prostitution-Related Crime
Update, 12/4 11:25 p.m.: Roy Baker’s charges stem from an incident where he allegedly paid a 21-year old man that he met on Craigslist for oral sex according to the criminal complaint filed in McKeesport, Penn., as first reported by the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Police in McKeesport pulled Baker and the male, Shane Sieber, over at around 5 p.m. on a Sunday after the officer became suspicious, because the garage was closed. Sieber told police that Baker had paid him $80 to drive with him to McKeesport and perform oral sex on one another. Police also found a bag containing condoms, a towel, and a cooler full of beer in the backseat of the car.
Baker resigned the same night he pled guilty to the disorderly conduct charge but at the time West Virginia University officials didn’t disclose why. Both Sieber and Baker were initially charged with disorderly conduct as well as soliciting prostitution, and though the latter was withdrawn, such is possible if it’s the defendant’s first offense.
“A lot of times, if it’s the first time someone has been charged with soliciting a prostitute, they go to what is called ‘John School’ as a way of having the charge eventually withdrawn, but I can’t tell you if that’s what happened here,” Allegheny County District Attorney Mike Manko told the Charleston Gazette-Mail in an email.
Roy Baker, Penn State’s former Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, was charged with a prostitution-related crime in September and announced in early November that he was resigning from his months-old position at West Virginia.
Baker was initially charged with a third-degree misdemeanor of promoting prostitution as well as a count of disorderly conduct in McKeesport, Penn. on September 4. The prostitution charge was later withdrawn during his hearing in October but he was ordered to pay a $454.50 fine after pleading guilty to the disorderly conduct charge.
West Virginia Dean of Students Corey Farris announced on November 7 that Baker had unexpectedly resigned from his role as Director of Greek Life but didn’t provide a reason himself or from Baker.
“I guess I don’t want to say because I don’t know if that’s appropriate,” Farris told the Charleston Gazette Mail at the time of Baker’s resignation. “I’m not trying to hide anything, but those are things we’re always careful [about].”
Penn State announced in October 2015 that Baker was leaving the university to take the position at WVU. He served as Penn State’s Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life since 2007. During his short time at West Virginia, a student died after falling from a fraternity roof on October 16.
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