Gwinnett man sentenced to life for raping girlfriend’s daughter

Tanyon Emil Baker will serve life in prison for raping and molesting his girlfriend’s daughter, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office announced. 

Between February and June 2013, Baker raped the then-14-year-old girl “five or six times” and forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to the DA’s office. The Auburn Police Department investigated the case.

The victim’s mother was not supportive of her daughter during the trial, the DA’s office said, but other family members helped the girl, now 18, through the trial.

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The jury convicted Baker, 41, on all counts — one count each of child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and rape, and three counts of aggravated child molestation — after three hours of deliberation. Judge George F. Hutchinson III sentenced Baker to life plus 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation and lifetime sex offender registration.

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“I can’t erase what you did from the victim’s memory,” Hutchinson said. “But I can erase you from society.”

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