Saturday, April 29, 2006

Pimpin' Is Not Stylin'

This is pimpin’. Lavont E. Baker, 38, a convicted predatory sex offender, listed at Multnomah County’s predatory sex offender website, is a pimp. He targets underage girls. With the help of a couple of friends he kidnapped a girl assaulted and raped her, then forced her to go to work for him as a prostitute. She was hit in the face with a glass bottle and threatened with a knife unless she submitted to gang rape. Then Baker threatened to dowse the girl in gasoline and set her on fire unless she went to work for him.

Baker spent more than 19 years in jail for that crime. "I made a bad decision when I was 16. Since then, my life has been in other people's hands,” Baker said at the time of his parole hearing in August 2004. He made a tearful plea to the parole board at that hearing. “I need for the board to believe in me. Give me this opportunity and just let me show you,” he said, “I've never had a Christmas with my daughter. Ever. My daughter will be starting college this year.” He pleaded, “I'm just asking the board to please give me an opportunity. Just please give me a chance. Please.”

Members of the parole Board grilled Baker over breaking the rules by establishing a personal relationship with a female guard at the State Prison. Baker explained it this way:

“Everyone always remembered all the bad I did. This officer suggested that I needed to have spirituality in my life. So she began giving me Scriptures to read and talking to me about different aspects that had happened in my life. At that time, to me, that felt like a pat on the back for me to continue trying to make positive strides to do the right thing. So I began going to church in the institution and just trying to push forward and to be somebody different.”

Michael Washington, Chairman of the State Parole Board, said, “I understand from what you've told us that this officer was being very helpful to you, but this clearly was a violation of the rules and caused the institution some great concern. It causes us some concern as well because it's going to be a lot more open and free out in society. We need to have some idea that the conditions that are going to be applied to you are going to be adhered to.”

The conditions of Baker’s parole are strict: He is not allowed any contact with minors, nor is he allowed to be present in any area that minors frequent. He is not allowed to have personal relationships with any female without permission from his Parole supervisor. He is not allowed alcohol or pornography and he is not allowed to enter bars or taverns. He has to attend AA and NA meetings, enter an Anger Management program and to submit to routine polygraph tests.

With these restrictions, Baker was released on parole August 30, 2004. His post-release supervision is scheduled to end August 21, 2021. I guess Lavont must have thought that the restrictions were a little severe. Or maybe his spiritual rebirth didn’t quite take, because he has disappeared and is now wanted by Multnomah County.

When I see kids going to Halloween parties as pimps, shows like “Pimp My Ride” and outrages like Pimpfants “stylin’ wear for infants,” I like to remind myself what the word “pimp” really means. Thanks, Lavont.


Blogger Magnolia said...

Ya get this feeling we haven't heard the last of him ? :(

10:41 PM  
Blogger real talk said...

how can you say he targets under age girls when he was 15 when the crime was commented same age as the girl?

8:04 PM  
Blogger jd chandler said...

real talk

it is very easy and accurate to say that he targets underage women, since his victims are underage. this is not the case of a 16 year old boy being romantic with a girl his age. this is brutality and gang rape committed against children.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This guy was only 16 years old when this happened

12:32 AM  
Blogger L BAKER said...

We are forever being pulled outward into the world of position, possession, pleasure, and away from any kind of inner experience.

I AM constantly looking for ways to fix life by struggling outside of MYSELF to where the real problem –and the real solution — exists: within ME.

I pray FOR forgiveness is something we all seek at some point in life.
Forgiveness is a valuable gift that is neither easily obtained, nor easily given. Forgiveness is essential for life; it frees us from past wrongs and gives us hope for the future.
It is for forgiveness sake that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for mankind.

Perhaps you TOO are struggling with trying to forgive another for deeply hurting you.

For all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, forgiveness has been freely given.

If we acknowledge our wrongs and ask for forgiveness,
God will forgive us - no questions asked: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"

(1 John 1:9).

“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”

10:29 PM  

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