The former manager of sweetFrog and the youth minister at a Gordon County church was granted bond Friday on charges that he propositioned what he thought was a 14-year-old boy for oral sex.
According to police reports and information presented in court:
Zachary Michael Baker, 27, of 601 College St., in Calhoun, was arrested on Dec. 22 on charges of aggravated child molestation (criminal attempt) and obscene internet contact with a child after police say he propositioned a person “whom he believed to be” a 14-year-old.
Judge Jack Niedrach granted a $30,000 bond to Baker with the stipulations that he would wear a GPS ankle monitor, shall not use the internet, not have any communication with any minor with the exception of his siblings and in his capacity as an employee of sweetFrog — with the caveat that he is not to be the sole employee in the store at any time.
Baker’s attorney Chris Twyman said he is no longer employed by sweetFrog.
He is also not allowed to be in any place where minors tend to gather, including church.
Several people, including members of his church, showed up in court to support Baker.
A Floyd County police detective exchanged email and text messages with Baker after he posted an ad on Craigslist. The officer claimed to be a minor after they had communicated a few times and the communication continued. Through the messages, police say, Baker then promised to exchange sexual acts with the minor.