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St. Pete nurse’s aide accused of molesting elderly woman

Published:   |   Updated: March 27, 2013 at 01:36 PM

A nurse’s aide at a Lealman assisted living facility was arrested after investigators said he was seen on top of a naked female patient.

Joshua Baker, 28, of 555 31st St. S., No. 4, St. Petersburg, faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of elderly/disabled person. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail with bail set at $10,000.

Another nurse's aide saw Baker on the patient about 4 p.m. Saturday, the Pinellas sheriff’s office said. Baker’s pants were down but he was wearing underwear, investigators said.

According to the witness, Baker then moved off the woman and said, "This isn't what it looks like" and "I don't want to go to jail.”

Baker has resigned from the facility, where he worked for only a few months, the sheriff’s office said.

There does not appear to be any other victims, investigators said.

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