Sex offender raises concerns in Des Peres

DES PERES, Mo. - People in a Des Peres neighborhood want a sex offender kicked out of his house. He moved in after getting released from prison last month.

The residents came to a community meeting Wednesday night for answers. They wanted to know about Macon Baker's mental health, what sex offender programs he's completed, and why can he live in a neighborhood that's full of kids.

Some neighbors of the Royal Acres subdivision in Des Peres want Baker gone. He moved in about three weeks ago after being released from prison.

"Oh we are scared, we are scared, he can see into my house if my lights are on at night, my kids won't stay at home by themselves," said one concerned mother.

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The meeting was to explain Baker's criminal past and the rules of his release.

"The thing that I am taking away is that there is really nothing we can do legally," said another worried mom.

Baker has faced two criminal sex offense counts in the past, both involving children. He received probation for the first case and finished a 10 year sentence for the second completing a treatment program. His case went to trial when the state wanted to keep him in treatment.

In February, he was let go.

"A jury of 12 St. Louis County citizens unanimously ruled that he is not a sexually violent predator," said his attorney Eric Selig.

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NewsChannel 5 went to home where Baker is taking care of his mother, he did not want to talk on camera and asked to be left alone. Des Peres Police Chief Keith Krumm says Baker is being monitored.

"He actually told my detective that he doesn't go anywhere questionable without contacting his attorney, he wants to remain compliant and he doesn't want to go back to prison," said Chief Krumm.

One parent says they have trouble sleeping at night knowing he's around.

"To have someone like him come in and make us all fearful, is not right," she said.

The residents were told if they believe that Baker is violating any rules of his release, for example, loitering for too long near a school, to contact local police.


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