After two reported incidents of a man following women and trying to make contact with them, Oklahoma State University Campus Safety issued a security warning related to the off-campus events. Stillwater police subsequently arrested the suspect.
Monday evening, a college-age woman called Stillwater police to report that a man had followed her to her apartment and attempted to make contact with her. When she ignored him, he began banging loudly on her door and continued to do so until she called police. When they arrived, they found the suspect and told him that he was trespassing on the property of the apartment complex. Police told the man to leave the premises with the warning that he would be arrested if he returned.
The following morning, a 15-year-old girl called police to say that she was outside a public library, waiting for it to open, when she was approached by an older man. She says the man began talking to her, but she left the area. The girl told police that he began following her and making sexually suggestive comments as she walked away. Eventually, she says, he tried to physically touch her, and she fled. She was able to escape and call police.
Police identified the suspect as 26-year-old Kwamain Quantay Baker of Stillwater. They believe he is the suspect in both reported incidents. While police say Baker did not break any laws in the first incident, he did break the law by making lewd comments to a minor and by attempting to sexually assault her.
Baker is charged with one count of lewd acts with a child under 16 in violation of 21 O.S. 1123. He is held in the Payne County Jail on $20,000 bond.
The suspect's prior criminal history includes concealing stolen property in Logan County and breaking and entering in Payne County. However, those two offenses pale in comparison with the seriousness of the offense with which he is now charged.
Lewd or Indecent Proposals or Acts to a Child under 16 is a felony sex crime. This statute specifically prohibits a number of actions relating to lewd, lascivious, or sexual comments or contact with any minor under the age of 16. If convicted of lewd acts with a minor, the defendant faces 3-20 years in prison if the minor is aged 12 or older. However, if the minor is under the age of 12, the defendant faces 25 years to life in prison for conviction of lewd molestation. A conviction of Lewd or Indecent Proposals or Acts to a Child under 16 requires lifetime Oklahoma sex offender registration.
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