SARANAC LAKE - A former Saranac Lake woman has been sentenced to a dozen years behind bars for sexually abusing her own children over a period of several years.
Robin Baker, 41, was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse, a class D violent felony, and first-degree criminal sexual act, a class B felony, following a jury trial in September, according to Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne.
Appearing in Franklin County Court in Malone Thursday, Baker was sentenced by Warren County Court Judge John Hall to seven years in prison on the sexual abuse charge and 12 years on the criminal sexual act charge. Champagne said the sentences will be served concurrently.
"We're very pleased with the outcome of this case," Champagne told the Enterprise Friday.
Baker was arrested in July 2011 in the Warren County hamlet of Adirondack, near Schroon Lake, where she was living with her boyfriend. The charges against her date to 2004, when she was living in Saranac Lake with her kids - two boys and a girl - who were all under age 13 at the time.
The children were taken from her by social services in 2005. More recently, they started making disclosures to police about what had happened to them while they lived with their mother, namely that she had sexually abused them over a period of several years.
Champagne said two of the children testified against their mother during the trial.
"I know the victims in this case were very pleased with the outcome and are very happy that for the next 20 years, mom is not allowed anywhere around them," the DA said.
In addition to the prison terms, Baker was sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision, a $2,000 fine and a 20-year order of protection for the victims.
The case was prosecuted by St. Lawrence County Chief Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nissan. Champagne said she was brought in as a special prosecutor after the Franklin County DA's Office hired David Hayes as an assistant district attorney. Hayes had represented Baker when he worked for the county Public Defenders Office.
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