Posted: Jul 7, 2012 10:39 PM by Jacqui Heinrich
Updated: Jul 8, 2012 10:48 AM
Trevor Baker, the man charged with 11 felonies for allegedly pimping a child in Colorado Springs, is back on the streets, released on bond.
It's the third time he's been released from jail since his initial arrest in May. Baker has been re-arrested twice for violating a restraining order against the underage girl he's accused of pimping out.
The girl's parents worry Baker will come back for her again. In court Friday, they pleaded with the judge not to lower Baker's bond. Her father issued a statement to the court saying, "I have grave concerns for my daughter's safety should Mr. Baker be released due to his bond being lowered. He has no regard for the rules of behavior, and has proven that twice." Her mother, weeping at the pre-trial hearing, said to the judge, "She's a kid, and she needs your help sir. Help save our child."
Bond was lowered from $1 million to $5,000. Baker walked free later that evening.
Anti-sex trafficking advocates like Lawrence Wagner of Colorado Springs are outraged. He says the court's action is a failure for the young victim and the Colorado Springs community. "The system is saying 'Hey, we're not going to protect you, we're not going to be there for you, we don't find you valuable enough even to keep this guy away from you. We're actually going to lower his bond'."
The defense for 20-year-old Baker argues there is no evidence to convict him other than a statement from a teen girl who denies being a prostitute. The judge ruled Friday there is enough evidence for Baker's trial to move forward. Arraignment is set for November.