Thomas Evans Baird

Thomas Evans Baird

A former Westwood Junior High School band and chorus director was charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery against a 12-year-old, a Class B felony.

Thomas Evans Baird, 79, was indicted in Coffee County Court on Wednesday, Nov. 28. He posted his $10,000 bond, according to District Attorney Craig Northcott. 

Coffee County Judge Jere Ledsinger added a bond condition Thursday at Northcott's request that disallows Baird from being in contact with anyone under 18 years old. 

"We can’t get into a lot of the details of the case ethically. I am allowed to state that we suspect there are many other victims. I am concerned for their wellbeing," Northcott said. 

Northcott added that the alleged incident happened recently.

He asked for anyone to come forward and tell him or the police if they have been victimized by Baird or know someone who has been.  

Baird will appear in court again on Jan. 3. 

Baird was Westwood Junior High School's band director for 30 years. He is the vice chairman of the Manchester Historical Zoning Society and is a member of the Manchester Steering Commission. 

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Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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