Robert G. Baylor, 62, a Butte sonographer, was sentenced in Deer Lodge district court to six months in the Powell County jail on the first misdemeanor charge of sexual assault and one year in jail on the second sexual assault charge; the sentences will run consecutive to each other. On a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent, he was sentenced to 20 years with the Department of Corrections for placement at Montana State Prison with 15 years suspended. He must complete phase one and two of sexual offender treatment before he will be eligible for parole.

Baylor was ordered to pay restitution for counseling and therapy up to $25,000 for each of the three victims. He is prohibited from ever practicing in the medical field again. No fine was levied, but he must pay $210 in court fees. Baylor was remanded to custody.

Baylor was an employee of St. James Healthcare in Butte contracted to do sonograms at Deer Lodge Medical Center when the incidents occurred between May 16, 2014 and Nov. 2, 2015. He was immediately dismissed from working at those facilities after both administrations investigated the allegations. During the sentencing hearing, two of the victims read statements to the court regarding what Baylor did and the impact it had on them.


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  • Sherri Raylene Smith, 51, of Anaconda was sentenced for felony exploitation of an elderly man to a five-year commitment with the Department of Corrections, suspended, with credit for five days served. She was ordered to pay $6,747 in restitution and $80 in court fees.

In June a jury found Smith guilty of felony exploitation of an 87-year-old Deer Lodge man. According to court records, she presented herself as an unofficial caregiver and friend of the man in an attempt to deprive him of money, assets or property. Between July 2015 and May 2017, $6,747 worth of checks were written by the man and cashed by Smith.

  • Michael Cyrus Gangl, 28, of Missoula pleaded not guilty to felony theft of a pickup. According to court records, on May 26, 2018 a co-owner of the pickup went to a residence to get it, but could not locate it. Both owners informed law enforcement that Gangl did not have permission to have the truck which was located in Moses Lake, WA on June 4. Gangl allegedly said he had permission to get the pickup because the owner was in jail and didn’t need it. He is free on $10,000 bond, concurrent with a bond in Missoula County, pending further proceedings.
  • Tyler J. Stafford, 30, of Garrison pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but two days suspended. He was fined $375 and court fees, and was ordered to pay the cost of his Justice Court jury trial because he appealed a guilty verdict to the District Court.
  • Beau Grady Higuera, 31, pleaded not guilty to felony sexual assault. He is free on $10,000 bond pending further proceedings. According to court records, Higuera is accused of sexually harassing and being physically aggressive to his cellmate at Montana State Prison between June 9 and June 23, 2017. Higuera was released in December after his sentence expired.

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