Federal Judge Sentences Former Centralia Police Officer Caught in Sting Trying to Have Sex With Teen

Clint Patrick Baer

A former Centralia Police Officer is now sentenced to 8 years in prison.

A United States District Judge sentenced 42 year old Clint Patrick Baer yesterday (Monday) after he pleaded guilty in October, to using interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

According to court documents Baer contacted an individual in March of 2019, he believed was the mother of 14 year old girl through a social networking site.

Over the course of several months, Baer exchanged sexually detailed and explicit text messages and phone calls, through social media expressing his desire to engage in sexual activity with the 14 year old girl as well as the mother.

Baer traveled from Centralia to Wentzville to meet up with who he thought were the mother and daughter at a bar and to engage in sexual activity with both, however, agents had set up surveillance at the bar.

After playing pool and drinking with the undercover FBI agent, Baer and the woman left the bar and headed toward a nearby motel where the 14 year old was supposedly waiting.

It was then that agents arrested Baer.

Baer was employed as a police officer with Centralia Police Department at the time of his arrest.