Haymarket business owner accused of felony child abuse

A Haymarket business owner faces a felony child abuse charge after Lincoln police say he took four teenage boys to a hotel, smoked marijuana with them and got them drunk, according to court documents.

Police accuse Robby T. Baker, 39, of 1801 S. 49th St., of getting one of the boys, 14, so intoxicated on Fireball whiskey he vomited all over an Oasis Inn hotel room on July 5.

Baker turned himself in Friday at the Lancaster County jail and was charged Tuesday afternoon.

The investigation began July 11 after a mother of one of the boys told police Baker was having inappropriate conversations with her 13-year-old son on Facebook, according to court documents.

Investigators interviewed the four boys, ages 13 to 16, in July and August, and they said he picked them up and they drove around smoking marijuana in his car before going to the hotel at 5250 Cornhusker Highway.

Two of the boys said they had worked for Baker, who owns Lincoln Olive Oil at 701 P St., and painted his store, according to an affidavit for his arrest.

One of the boys told police Baker compensated him for his work only with a jar of marijuana, the affidavit said.

Surveillance video confirmed Baker’s purchases of alcohol, and video from the hotel shows Baker enter the hotel with the boys and rent a room at 3:10 p.m. on July 5, police said.

That video also shows the 14-year-old leaving the room, stumbling, falling and appearing passed out before being pulled back inside by his legs, police said.

Baker is later seen in the video helping the boy out of the room, according to police.

Police also cited Baker with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor offense.

In 2014, Baker was sentenced to 300 days in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Lincoln police said Baker had gave a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl vodka and watched porn with them at his home.

On Tuesday, Baker’s attorney, Justin Kalemkiarian, said he had not seen the court documents and declined to comment on the case Tuesday afternoon.

A judge set Baker’s bond at $25,000 and ordered him not to contact anyone younger than 18 years old.

If convicted of the child abuse charge, Baker faces up to three years in prison.