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Florida Aspiring Rapper Arrested For Having Sexual Intercourse With A 13-Year-Old Girl, Who He Met On KIK Messenger App

An aspiring Florida rapper who goes by the name of Young Baker was arrested on March 1 after police officials learned that he had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl he met on the KIK messenger app, reported Wink News. Rante Delaford Baker, 21, of Immokalee – who Collier county police say is homeless – befriended a teen girl, whose name has been withheld – on the KIK messenger app, as well as on Instagram.

It was reported that the two exchanged several messages via KIK and Instagram, where sources say Baker asked for nude pictures of the young teen. It was not immediately clear if the teen obliged and sent him nude pictures of herself, but their interaction ultimately led to a meet and greet. Baker, who admitted to having sexual intercourse with the teen on KIK, told police officials that he met up with the teen girl at least five times, but he was oblivious to the fact that she was underage.

The Collier county police officials interviewed the underage teen and she corroborated Baker’s statement, claiming to have met up with him no more than five times. The teen went on to say that one day, which was not specified, she decided to run away from home and meet up with him at a local park. The pair chatted briefly before heading back to her home to have sexual intercourse in her kitchen.

It was not immediately clear how police officials learned about the homeless, aspiring rapper having sexual intercourse with the 13-year-old girl, who he met on the KIK messenger application, but he was later arrested and taken to the county jail, reported Fox 4 Now.

Jacqueline Stephens, who is the CEO of the Children’s Advocacy Center, stated that “Kids don’t understand that when they are online with somebody who is technically a stranger, they spend time talking to this person and they then believe this person is their friend.” Stephens went on to say that there has been a “rise of predators going after kids through these apps.”

“Text messaging is easier for somebody to check the phone, read and view the text messaging, as opposed to going into some of these different apps or Facebook.”

Stephens added that parents should be mindful of what their child is doing online, and “install controls” on their child’s phone to monitor what they download. She also warned parents that if they notice a change in their child’s behavior or poor grades, it is an indication that “something is wrong online.”

A woman, who Baker once lived with, told reporters that he isn’t an ordinary homeless man. Although he doesn’t have a home of his own, “It’s not like he is this homeless guy out on the streets begging for money,” said the woman whose name has been withheld. “He has friends and he stays with people. He was even for a while he did stay with me and he didn’t have a place to go.”

The woman added that Baker may have been telling the truth about not knowing the girl’s age when he had sexual intercourse with her in her home. She said, “I don’t know if he really didn’t know how old she was. He’s not a creep or anything. They made it seem bad.”

This is not the aspiring rapper’s first run in with the law, according to a source. Baker was arrested in 2014 after he was caught driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Rante Baker is currently being held on a $25,000 bond at the Collier County jail, facing a “lewd lascivious battery and sexual act charge with a person between the age of 12 and 15.”

[Image via Collier County Sheriff’s Department]