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PD: Former teacher arrested in Ahwatukee for child porn images, video on home computer

Posted: 5:26 PM, Sep 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-23 14:51:35-04
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AHWATUKEE, AZ — Authorities have arrested a former teacher after finding numerous images and videos of child pornography on the man's computer at his home in Ahwatukee, police say.

On Thursday, Phoenix police detectives and agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at the home of 69-year-old William Thomas Baker. During their search, detectives found numerous images and videos depicting sexual exploitation of minors on Baker's computer.

Baker, who lives near Ray Road and Ranch Circle Drive, was not home at the time when the warrant was served. Baker was later found and taken into custody.

According to court documents, Baker was an elementary school teacher for several years and was employed at Southwest Elementary School, Nevitt Elementary School, and several elementary schools in the Tempe Union High School District.

Baker is charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Baker's bond has been set at $5,000. His next court date is set for Sept. 26.

Detectives have asked that anyone who may have information concerning this incident contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141, or if individuals with information would like to remain anonymous, they can contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.

Editor's Note: Based on information included in William Baker's arrest paperwork, a previous version of this story said William Baker had worked in the Kyrene School District. Phoenix police said Monday the paperwork was incorrect and Baker had worked at schools in the Tempe Union High School District. This story has been updated to reflect that correction.