KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A woman is facing charges for creating a Facebook account in another woman’s name to frame her for violating a restraining order.
According to Bennington Police, Lindsey V. Baker, 22, of Cutler Street, admitted to her probation officer, Wanda Mooney, that she created a Facebook account in the name of Alyssa Parks, the girlfriend of Aaron Buell, Baker’s former husband. She then sent messages to her own Facebook account from the false Parks account and used those messages to obtain a restraining order against Parks, who has her own restraining order against Baker.
Police said on March 12 Baker filed for an order against stalking regarding Parks, which she swore to. In the filing she said she received two messages from Parks via Facebook in February and in April had been left a voicemail and was harassed at work.
A temporary stalking order was granted based on Baker’s statements.
Parks told police she had deleted her Facebook account prior to this and said it was likely Baker who created a fake account and sent messages to her own in order to get Parks in trouble.
According to court documents, Baker has more than 30 convictions for violating court orders and has a history of not following restraining orders against her initiated by Parks and Buell. On Monday, Baker pleaded not guilty in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to felony counts of identity theft, false swearing, obstructing justice, aggravated stalking, and a second offense of violating a restraining order. These charges stem from the Facebook incident, and Baker is currently being held without bail at the Chittenden Regional Correction Facility because of probation violation complaints.
Baker has a pending felony charge of violating an abuse prevention order which she pleaded not guilty to on Aug. 31. Police said Parks accused Baker of saying "Keep smiling (Expletive)" to her as she walked out of a courtroom where Parks was in the audience and Baker had finished testifying. Police said Bennington attorney John Lamson overheard part of what Baker said.
Court documents show that on June 1 Baker pleaded guilty to 13 violations of a restraining order, 10 violations of release conditions ordering her not to have contact with Buell or Parks, and one stalking charge. All were misdemeanors. She was given a nine- to 12-month suspended sentence, except for 26 days to serve, and was placed on probation for two years.
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