A Bulloch County jury found a former United Parcel Service driver guilty Thursday in the November 2017 rape of a coworker.
Robert Spencer Baird, 45, of North Leah Road, will be sentenced Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. by Bulloch County Chief Superior Court Judge Gates Peed, said Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Catherine Sumner Findley.
After a three-day trial, Baird was convicted Thursday of forcibly raping the female co-worker while working a UPS route in the county Nov. 29, 2017.
Findley said the rape is “a serious violent felony, with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.”
Findley presented evidence during the trial, showing proof including DNA test results, that Baird raped the victim. Additional evidence presented showed that “Baird had a history of sexual harassment, including a 2012 termination of employment for just cause, i.e., sexual harassment,” she said.
Among other witnesses, a forensic biologist from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Division of Forensic Science testified that Baird’s DNA was located on the victim during a sexual assault examination.
Findley said the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office “would like to commend (Bulloch County sheriff’s) Inv. William Sims and the entire Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office for their diligent and resolute effort in securing this conviction.”
Sims and other deputies met with the victim at the hospital following the November 2017 incident, where the 33-year-old female victim reported the sexual assault took place on Aycock Road in Brooklet.
Baird was arrested soon afterward on charges of rape and interference with a 911 call.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.