A suspended Iredell-Statesville Public Schools teacher arrested on 32 child-sex crime charges in 2022 has, for a second time, violated pretrial orders involving contact with her victim as well as other charges.
Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey was re-arrested by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office following a call about a traffic accident on Saturday, May 13.
Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to the accident call involved three people in a car; two of which were juveniles who had fled the scene.
Deputies eventually located both of the juveniles and helped bring one of them back to the scene of the accident. It was determined that the other juvenile, a male who was driving the car without a license, had an active Juvenile Secure Custody Order in place. As a result, deputies took him to the Alexander County Detention Center after locating him at his primary residence.
Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey, age 37, was identified by the State Highway Patrol as the adult involved in the accident. She admitted to drinking alcohol prior to the incident.
Bailey was arrested and charged with violating her pretrial release order issued to her in 2022 to stay away from one of the juveniles who was a passenger in her car. She was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive
Bailey was issued a $750,000 secured bond over the violation of the pretrial order, but the amount would be reduced to $50,000 after a May 15 hearing in front of Iredell County District Court Judge Christine Underwood.
Bailey was released from custody at the Iredell Detention Center but did not have to pay any additional bond fee for violating her pretrial release order for the second time in a year.
The total amount of the bonds issued to Bailey now stands at $800,000.
Law enforcement officials have indicated the investigation into Bailey is still ongoing and additional charges may be filed.
Bailey was first arrested on Aug. 1, 2022, on charges of 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, she was teaching at Northview Academy. After her arrest, she was suspended with pay by the district.
The Iredell-Statesville School district has yet to release a formal statement but a spokesperson indicated that Bailey has not been employed with the district “since October 3, 2022.”
At the time of her Aug. 1 arrest, Bailey was placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring. A week later, on Aug. 8, new charges of felony statutory sex offense with a child under 15 and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor were added to Bailey’s total.
A month after her initial arrest, Bailey had more charges added and she had violated her pretrial order that she could not have contact with the victim in her case. At that time, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office said “the juvenile victim had been at Bailey’s residence on nine occasions since her original arrest on Aug. 1, 2022.”
On Sept. 1, Bailey was charged with an additional 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.
Including her current re-arrest, Bailey now has 35 felony and misdemeanor charges against her:
- statutory rape of a person who is 15 years of age or younger (1 count)(felony)
- indecent liberties with a minor (1 count)(felony)
- sexual activity with a student (1 count)(felony)
- statutory sex offense with a child under 15 (1 count)(felony)
- Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (11 counts)(misdemeanor)
- Intimidating or Interfering with a State Witness (nine counts)(felony)
- Violation of Pre-Trial Release Conditions (ten counts)(felony)
- Allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle (one count)(misdemeanor)
Bailey’s state teaching license expired on June 30, 2022, prior to her Aug. 1, 2022, arrest.
This story should be on ALL MSM, TV, and Radio shows and news in NC. Thanks for your hard work A.P. ! Keith A