CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – A Campbell man with multiple child rape convictions is back in court for sexting.
Joshua Baird is being held on a $200,000 bond after his latest run-in with the law.
Baird appeared in court Friday, facing 10 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. He was arrested Wednesday after a raid of his home on Devitt Avenue.
Investigators said he was sending explicit messages to underage girls, and they seized computer equipment from his house. According to the state’s complaint, the crime involved a 17-year-old girl, who was engaging in sexual activity via Skype.
Special Prosecutor John Arms said a high bond was needed in this case.
“This gentleman has had prior convictions in Mahoning and Columbiana counties on sex-related offenses involving children. With one of the purposes of bond being to protect the community, I feel it’s imperative to make sure that is done,” Arms said in court on Friday.
Baird was convicted in the early 2000s on separate child rape charges — in Salem and Beaver Township. Both victims were under the age of 5.
He was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison on both crimes and was released in 2015.
Campbell Law Director Brian Macala asked to bring in a special prosecutor because he represented Baird in one of those cases.
Those who investigated his earlier crimes aren’t surprised he’s in trouble again.
“I’m not a psychiatrist. They say that’s the hardest thing to cure people, is these kinds of cases,” said Beaver Township Chief Carl Frost.
While Baird is due back in court again late next week, his case could be presented to a Mahoning County grand jury.