A former Cub Scout leader has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing five children over the past decade.

ST. CHARLES — A former Cub Scout leader has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing five children over the past decade. 

Matthew Baker, 51, was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to several counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy, witness tampering and exposing himself to a child, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Baker admitted sexually abusing the five children, who were all under the age of 12 and included two of his relatives, at his home in O'Fallon, Missouri, from 2010 to 2018. The witness tampering charges were brought earlier this year after police say he tried to arrange from jail to have someone attack two of the children to keep them from testifying against him. 

Prosecutors said Baker also asked a fellow inmate to send a letter he had written to the parents of a 10-year-old victim, asking them to have their child recant the accusations of abuse.

Baker's sentence came on the same day as the deadline for abuse survivors to submit claims against the Boy Scouts of America in the organization's bankruptcy case. About 90,000 sexual abuse claims have been filed in that case. The 110-year-old organization filed for bankruptcy protection in February in the face of hundreds of lawsuits alleging decades-old sex abuse by Scout leaders.