27 new charges added to Iredell teacher accused of child sex crimes

An Iredell Public Schools teacher is facing 27 new charges after investigators found the victim had been to her home since her arrest at the beginning of August.

2022-08-01 ELIZABETH SUZANNE BAILEY - RAPE & MULT- IREDELL STATESVILLE - QUIET EPIDEMIC

ELIZABETH SUZANNE BAILEY

Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey, age 36, surrendered to police on Aug.1 and was 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.

At the time of her initial arrest, Bailey was issued a $75,000 bond and placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring. Her original bond release required her to stay away from the victim in the case, however, that didn’t happen.

According to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, “the juvenile victim had been at Bailey’s residence on nine occasions since her original arrest on Aug. 1, 2022.”

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 latest round of charges when she was arrested again on Sept. 1 include nine counts each of Misdemeanor Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Felony Intimidating or Interfering with a State Witness, and Felony Violation of Pre-Trial Release Conditions.

Bailey is now being held at the Iredell County Detention Center under an $800,000 bond.

Here is a breakdown of the charges Bailey now faces, which total 32:

  • statutory rape of a person who is 15 years of age or younger (1 count); A Class B1 felony with a prison sentence of 144 months to life without parole.
  • indecent liberties with a minor (1 count); A Class F felony with a prison sentence of 10 to 41 months.
  • sexual activity with a student (1 count); A Class G felony with a prison sentence of 8 to 31 months.
  • statutory sex offense with a child under 15 (1 count); A Class B1 felony with a prison sentence of 144 months to life without parole, however, statute dictates no person shall receive “less than 300 months” for this crime.
  • Misdemeanor Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (ten counts); A Class 1 misdemeanor with a sentence of 1 to 120 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment and a discretionary fine.
  • Intimidating or Interfering with a State Witness (nine counts); A Class G felony that carries a prison sentence of 8 to 31 months.
  • Violation of Pre-Trial Release Conditions (nine counts); This is a felony charge depending on the circumstances. In the case of violating electronic monitoring, the charge is a “felony one class lower than the most serious underlying felony.”

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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