Marshall man arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a child

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A Marshall man is behind bars accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Michael Wayne Baird, 37, was placed on the wanted list for a warrant out of Marshall, but was reportedly out of town when the U.S. Marshal’s Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force arrived at his home in the 300 block of Dickson Street to take him into custody.

The arrest was in conjunction with “Operation Safe Summer” which was a joint operation between nearly a dozen local agencies.

The main objective of “Operation Safe Summer” was to make sure all registered sex offenders in Harrison County (including the municipalities of Marshall, Waskom and Hallsville) were in compliance, as well as apprehend those with warrants for sex-related offenses.

The operation was conducted over a period of several months and comprised of three phases; compliance check phase, investigation phase and apprehension phase.

Baird is not a convicted sex offender, but was included in the operation as part of the apprehension phase for having a warrant for a sex-related crime.

On Wednesday, August 8, Baird was arrested at his home by officers with the Marshall Police Department. Baird was booked into the Harrison County Jail where his bond is set at $50,000.

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