No prison for Dover Area teaching sub who sexted with student
A former substitute teacher for Dover Area School District who sent four photos of himself naked to a student has avoided prison as part of a recent plea deal.
Bryce Adam Baker, 28, of Stoverstown Road in Jackson Township, pleaded guilty April 12 to a misdemeanor count of corruption of a minor, according to court records.
As part of a negotiated plea agreement, felony charges of unlawful contact with a minor and disseminating sexual materials to a minor were dropped, records state.
Baker was sentenced to five years of probation, court records state.
His teaching certification has been suspended, according to state Department of Education online records.
Dover Area Superintendent Ken Cherry said Oct. 9 was the last day Baker was eligible to serve as a substitute in the school district.
According to court documents filed by Northern York County Regional Police, Baker met the student when the boy was in seventh grade.
Messages, photos: The two began communicating through the dating site Grindr in the summer of 2015, at which point the teen was a Dover Area High School student, documents state. They later moved to a different messaging app, and "the conversations started becoming more 'sexualized,'" documents state.
Baker sent the teen selfies, including naked ones, police said.
Police were alerted in October and interviewed both Baker and the teen, and obtained consent to search both their cellphones.
Investigators found a number of photos of Baker on the teen's phone — four of which showed Baker's genitals, according to documents. Sexual content involving both parties was found, police said.
Investigators discovered conversations in which Baker states that once the student turns 18, Baker wouldn't be arrested, documents state. Baker also wrote he hoped "this doesn't get out" and said their relationship needed to be private, according to documents.
The teen told officers he and Baker spoke in depth about the age difference between them and about Baker's standing as a substitute teacher, according to police.
He also told officers he "ended things" with Baker "because he knew it was not morally right and he was starting to get feelings for him," documents state.
Defense attorney George Marros, who represented Baker, said in an email that Baker cooperated fully with police from the beginning, has taken responsibility for his actions and is remorseful.
"Not only did Bryce's actions affect his own life, but unfairly changed the lives of the victim and the victim's family," Marros wrote. "Bryce knows that nothing he can say or do will ever be enough. Since this occurred, Bryce has felt guilt, shame and uncertainty."
Baker was raised in York County, graduated from Spring Grove Area High School and attended Penn State, the attorney said.
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