Warrant issued for former AFD lieutenant for improper photography


An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for a former Austin fire lieutenant who authorities say set up recording equipment in an area designated for women at a fire station, officials said.

Travis County Assistant District Attorney Dexter Gilford said James Baker faces a charge of improper or invasive photography, a state jail felony for which he faces up to two years behind bars.

Baker had not been taken into custody Wednesday but was expected to turn himself in on Thursday.

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr said in a statement, “Mr. Baker no longer works for us. The alleged actions he has been accused of are not indicative of the incredible men and women of the Austin Fire Department, and certainly not a fair representation of all they do to serve our community every day.”



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