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Former UCSB Employee Neil Baker Sentenced to Probation

Will Be Placed in Residential Treatment Facility


Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Neil Baker, a former UCSB employee well known for his online tirades against campus administrators, was sentenced Tuesday to felony probation and will be placed in a residential treatment facility by the Veterans Health Administration.

Baker, 55, was arrested in August for felony vandalism and misdemeanor trespassing after he was caught damaging windows at the Engineering Science Building at UCSB. The court granted a temporary restraining order against Baker in August, specifying he was to remain at least 100 yards away from the campus.

Baker left his position as a senior development engineer at UCSB in 2004 and relocated to Washington. He was arrested in 2010 in Washington after he posted bomb threats and attacks against UCSB employees on Craigslist and Facebook, causing the university to go on high alert and warn people to immediately contact authorities if they saw Baker on campus.

Baker’s alleged vandalism this year was the next reported time he was on campus. He has remained in custody since his August arrest and was held at a $250,000 bail.

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A truly sad case for all involved, what a tormented soul.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2013 at 3:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ha, a large portion of the academics at UCBS should be committed to a residential treatment facility :) But best be careful b/c saying so could set the campus on "high alert" and get me in trouble too....

"Not merely the validity of experience but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. George Orwell - 1984 On the Thought Police."

yendopostal (anonymous profile)
December 12, 2013 at 3:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Woowoo just can't stay away from that place can he?

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 13, 2013 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It IS sad- he's gone off his rocker and I hope by now he's TALKING regularly to a professional that can help him... And please god let him be ON MEDS ((and taking them!)

bloodydramaqueen (anonymous profile)
December 15, 2013 at 8:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Queen, we hear what you're saying, but there's a sad reality to your hopes: Most cases like this NEVER turn out good. Any psychiatric assistance and meds are seen as intrusion and if they do manage to get the help they need, they pretend like it is sinking in and they're taking their meds, but they'll ignore the advice and not take the meds.
The sad thing is that this guy IS smart, but that intelligence also breeds arrogance to the point of isolation. He has isolated himself not only from keeping out of trouble, but from accepting common sense, a true recipe for disaster. We'll be hearing more about Woowoo, I promise you and I think we can all agree on that. It ain't over yet.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 11:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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