By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Former UPS driver sentenced to 45 years for rape
Robert Spencer Baird will serve minimum of 25 years in prison
Robert Spencer Baird Web.jpg
Robert Spencer Baird - photo by Courtesy BCSO

A former United Parcel Service driver convicted in October of raping a coworker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and a lifetime on probation.

Prosecutors said Robert Spencer Baird, 45, committed a “heinous” and “violent” crime in November 2017 when he forcibly raped a female coworker at an Aycock Road location in Brooklet.

Bulloch County Chief Superior Court Judge F. Gates Peed sentenced Baird Nov. 7, said Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Mallard on Wednesday.

Ordered to serve 45 years in prison for the rape conviction, Baird must serve “at a minimum 25 years in prison before he is eligible for parole consideration, which will be just before Baird’s 70th birthday,” he said. “If parole is denied at that time, he will be subject to serve the additional 20 years of incarceration.”

Baird will be on probation for the rest of his life and, upon release, “will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.”

A written statement issued by the District Attorney’s Office read: “Cases involving sexual assault are inherently difficult, but vitally important to the safety and welfare of our community. The sentence as ordered reflects a just and fair outcome based on the ruthless nature of the offense, and its lifelong effects on the victim.”

After a three-day trial, Baird, of a North Leah Road address, was convicted by a Bulloch County jury of forcibly raping the victim while working a UPS route in the county Nov. 29, 2017. 

After the conviction, Assistant District Attorney Catherine S. Findley said the rape is “a serious violent felony, with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.”

Findley presented evidence during the trial, 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) Investigator 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 victim reported the sexual assault.

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.

Sign up for the Herald's free e-newsletter