An Iredell-Statesville Public Schools teacher has been charged with multiple felony sex crimes in connection with a student victim.
Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey, age 36, surrendered to police on Aug.1 and has been charged with felony statutory rape of a person who is 15 years of age or younger, indecent liberties with a minor, and sexual activity with a student.
Bailey was given a $75,000 bond and placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring.
On Aug. 8, Bailey was hit with two new charges; felony statutory sex offense with a child under 15 and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The new charges are the result of the discovery of an apparent relationship between Bailey and a student. A $50,000 bond was added to her previous bond of $75,000.
Iredell County deputies were made aware of Bailey’s alleged activity on July 20.
Warrants were executed by law enforcement for all digital and social media communications that may have occurred between Bailey and the victim.
According to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Bailey already has a DWI level 5 offense on her record. Depending on when that arrest occurred, it could call into question any background check that was or was not performed when Bailey was hired by the Iredell-Statesville Public School System (ISS).
An inquiry was placed by this website regarding Bailey’s prior arrest and background check status and the district indicated one was conducted in July of 2019. A district representative also said that they were aware of the DWI charge.
Bailey currently works at Northview Academy in the ISS District but was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, per ISS.
Full statement from ISS:
Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey of Statesville, NC has been suspended with pay pending an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
Mrs. Bailey was charged today with Felony Statutory Rape of a Person who is 15 Years of Age or Younger, Felony Indecent Liberties with a Minor, and Felony Sexual Activity with a Student.
Mrs. Bailey works at Northview Academy (formerly Pressly School). She was first employed with the Iredell-Statesville School District in February 2010 as an assistant.
She has also served as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher, and most recently as a science teacher. The investigation is ongoing.
According to state records, Bailey has an active teaching license in the area of Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12). The license, unless revoked, does not expire until June 30 of 2024.