Hearing for Tyrone rape suspect continued until next Tuesday

A 48-year-old Tyrone man’s preliminary hearing on rape charges has been continued until next Tuesday.
Last month, Hollidaysburg State Police said John William Baird allegedly engaged in sexual activity with the victim several times between June 23 and August 18 at a residence on Gypsy Camp Hollow Road in Snyder Township and at a pull-off area off of State Route 4027 (old Route 220), near the Grazierville exit in Antis Township.
Baird was arraigned in late August before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on charges of rape of a child less than 13, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and selling and furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors. Aigner’s office said the victim was a 12-year-old girl. Baird was committed to Blair County Prison in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail.
Around the time of his arraignment, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for the following week before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller. Since then the hearing has been continued twice.
Baird had been rescheduled for a hearing last week. However, that hearing was continued when the prosecutor handling the case requested the move. Judge Miller said prosecutor Deanne Paul had a scheduling conflict due to another case in Blair County Common Pleas Court.
However, Baird did appear before Miller last week and was still in the process of working out issues on whether he would use a private attorney or public defender. Miller said this morning he was not sure if the defendant had worked out his attorney issues.
Baird is now set to appear before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. Miller said Baird was still lodged in Blair County Prison awaiting the hearing.