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Cops: Auburn man sexually assaulted girls on multiple occasions

Tanyon Emil Baker

Tanyon Emil Baker

Four months after allegations surfaced of sexual encounters with a pair of young girls, Tanyon Emil Baker is in the Gwinnett County jail facing 20 felony charges.

Baker, a 38-year-old Auburn resident, was booked into the jail earlier this week and charged with seven counts apiece of enticing a child for indecent purposes and child molestation, as well as three counts apiece of rape and sodomy. The charges stem from accusations that came to light in late June, Auburn police Sgt. Diana Campbell said.

According to Campbell, arrest warrants and other documents, Baker had inappropriate sexual contact with two 15-year-old girls — believed to be family friends — on multiple occasions. He allegedly sent each child explicit text messages, and on at least one occasion made one “view porn on a cellphone and made said child go to a certain room in the house for the purpose of child molestation.”

Baker is accused of having intercourse with both young girls at his home on Jockey Lane in Auburn.

“This did occur on multiple occasions over the course of the last year,” Campbell said.

An outcry was originally made in June, Campbell said, when one of the girls spoke to an adult about Baker’s alleged actions.

Gwinnett County warrants for Baker’s arrest were issued in August, but he was already incarcerated in Barrow County on unrelated drug charges. Baker was released from that institution on Tuesday and transferred to the Gwinnett County jail. Online records show he is being held without bond.

Campbell said her department’s investigation was still open.

“Anytime you’ve got a situation like this, there’s always the potential for additional victims,” Campbell said. “But as of this time, there’s no other known victims.”