Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy William Baker has been indicted by a grand jury and was arrested earlier today. Baker has been charged with official misconduct, official oppression and aggravated perjury. Bond was set at $20,000.
The charges stem from a complaint the sheriff's office received after Baker conducted a traffic stop on Sept. 5 at 8:40 p.m. According to the sheriff's office, they reviewed the complaint and traffic stop and said that Baker did not follow his training or policy during the stop and violated the law. Baker was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 10.
Baker began working for the Sheriff’s Office in July 2017 in the Detention Services Bureau as a Jail Deputy. In July 2019 he transferred to the Uniformed Patrols Bureau as a patrol deputy.
"It is our duty and responsibility to enforce the law,” said Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson. “We give our employees the training they need and have policies in place to help guide them as they work to keep our public safe, and enforce our laws. It is unfortunate that Baker chose not to follow his training or our policy or the law during this traffic stop.”
This is a developing story and we will provide updates as they become available.