An Alexander City man charged with sexual abuse of a child made his first appearance Friday before Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Ray Martin, who said more charges could be filed.
Henry James Baggett, 50, of Old Kellyton Road, who was sentenced in two previous sex crime cases, is being held on a $150,000 bond on charges of sex abuse of a child under the age of 12 and a violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Martin read the charges against Baggett at a hearing Friday.
“On or about May 30, 2019, Henry James Baggett did not report,” Martin read. “On or about May 5, 2019, Henry James Baggett subjected a child under the age of 12 to sexual abuse, placing his hands on the victim’s breasts, placing hands under the victim’s clothing and digitally penetrating the victim.”
Martin set bond for the charge of sex abuse of a child under 12 at $100,000 and the SORNA violation at $50,000. Martin advised Baggett he could have an attorney appointed and he has a right to request a preliminary hearing within 30 days of his arrest.
Baggett has faced sex crime charges in the past in Madison County, according to court records. In 2001 he pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. In 2007 he pleaded guilty to first-degree sex abuse and enticing a child into a vehicle and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Martin said the charges will be handled by District Court Judge Kim Taylor up until an indictment, if it comes, but advised Baggett more legal proceedings could come soon.
“I understand there may be other charges,” Martin said. “I don’t have them yet.”