Charges were dismissed Tuesday against two former priests accused of molesting children, the latest in a number of such cases in Los Angeles County that have been dropped under a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Michael Baker, 55, had been charged with molesting a boy between 1980 and 1985. The offenses were alleged to have occurred in the rectory of churches in La Mirada and Pico Rivera, and in a Palm Desert condominium. Baker pleaded not guilty.
The charges against him were dismissed by Superior Court Commissioner Michael Schuur at a hearing in Norwalk at the request of prosecutors.
On June 26, the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to strike down the California law that eased the statute of limitations in old molestation cases.