Trenton man extradited from Kansas to face charges in Grundy County

Sex Offender

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office reports the extradition of a Trenton resident charged with felony failure to register as a sex offender.

Fifty-eight-year-old James Leon Baker was arrested in Douglas County, Kansas March 4th, with a waiver was signed March 12th. Baker was extradited to Grundy County on Tuesday with bond established at $5,000 cash only. He is scheduled for the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court on March 24th.

Court documents accuse Baker of failing to perform duties required of a registered sex offender by not advising the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office of a new address in person and in writing within three business days of moving to the new address. He previously registered as a sex offender in July 2019 and is required to register because he pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in Grundy County Circuit Court in September 2007.

Baker also faces charges in Camden County, Missouri. Online court information indicates those charges include the felonies of sex offender physically present/loiter within 500 feet of a park with playground, pool, or museum—first offense and possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid.

Baker also faces misdemeanors in Camden County of possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Baker’s bond on those charges is $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety, and his next court appearance in Camden County is scheduled for May 11th.