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Former AFD Lt. gets 5 years deferred adjudication for recording co-worker in shower

Former AFD Lieutenant James Baker pleaded guilty to invasive visual recording (Photo: Austin Police)

A former Austin Fire Department Lieutenant who pleaded guilty last month to recording a female firefighter in a shower room without her consent could end up with a clean criminal record.

Police say James Baker hid a camera inside the showers at a fire station in 2017.

On Friday, a judge sentenced him to 5 years of deferred adjudication. That means if he obeys the terms of his probation the case will be dismissed in five years without a conviction.

Baker agreed to a plea deal back in October where prosecutors determined he will not spend a day in jail. As a condition of the plea deal Baker will surrender his license as a firefighter, EMT and EMT instructor. He will also pay a $1,000 fine.

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