Thomas Evans Baird

Thomas Evans Baird

Thomas Evans Baird's Jan. 3 court date was continued. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. 

Baird, a Manchester resident, was charged with aggravated sexual battery against a 12-year-old, a class B felony, on Nov. 28. He posted his $10,000 bond the same day. 

Baird, 79, was ordered by Coffee County Judge Jere Ledsinger to stay away from people under the age of 18 as a part of his bond agreement.

On Dec. 9, District Attorney Craig Northcott filed a motion to revoke Baird's bond after Baird attended church, where minors and an alleged victim were presented. Baird also allegedly contacted the mother of one of his alleged victims via telephone later that day.

On Dec. 17, the court ruled that attending church with minors in the audience was not a violation of his bond. 

Instead of revoking his bond, Baird was ordered to wear a GPS monitor. 

Northcott believes more than one child was victimized and asks the public to step forward if they have any information.

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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