Bail Set at $800,000 for Former Priest

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Michael Stephen Baker, a former Catholic priest in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, appeared in court Monday and was ordered held on $800,000 bail on charges that he molested a boy in the 1990s.

Baker was arrested last week at Los Angeles International Airport as he returned from a trip to the Far East.

Authorities say the former priest ranks among the most prolific alleged abusers in the church.

Baker will be back in court Feb. 14 to enter a plea.

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