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A North Carolina woman accused of raping a student allegedly had the victim over to her house on at least nine occasions since her arrest.
Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey, 36, faces 27 new criminal charges after authorities say she violated a stay-away order by having her minor victim visit her home multiple times since her August arrest, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.
Although authorities didn’t disclose the student’s age and sex, Bailey was previously charged with felony statutory rape of a person 15 years or younger, as well as felony indecent liberties with a minor and felony sexual activity with a minor, the Iredell Free News reported.
Part of Bailey’s bond provisions required that she had zero contact with her alleged victim.
“As Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit Investigators continue to receive information from search warrants and court orders previously sent out, information was received indicating the juvenile victim had been at Bailey’s residence on nine occasions since her original arrest on Aug. 1, 2022,” stated Iredell County officials.
Bailey’s residence is listed as Statesville, which is about 40 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bailey was employed as a science teacher at Northview Academy, part of the Iredell-Statesville School District, though she started as a teacher’s assistant in 2010, according to the Free News. Sheriff's officials received a report on July 20 alleging she was having a sexual relationship with a student.
The case was assigned to the office's Special Victims Unit, and investigators determined the alleged sexual abuse occurred on June 11 in the eastern part of the county, said Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.
Authorities conducted numerous interviews and obtained warrants to view Bailey’s social media communications between her and the alleged victim, according to the Iredell outlet.
Investigators reportedly made “numerous attempts” to make contact with Bailey following the initial charges but to no avail, according to the Free News. She finally surrendered on Aug. 1 after retaining legal representation, and was given a $75,000 secured bond and remanded to house arrest with electronic monitoring.
She was also suspended from her teaching position with pay, the Iredell-Statesville School District said in a statement obtained by CBS Greenville affiliate WNCT.
On Friday, officials with the sheriff's office Warrant Squad arrested Bailey at her home “based on the data received by the investigators,” according to the sheriff’s office. New charges include nine counts of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, nine counts of felony intimidating or interfering with a state witness and nine counts of felony violation of pre-trial release conditions.
Bailey is being held at the Iredell County Detention Center on $800,000 secured bond.
Oxygen.com reached out to the Iredell-Statesville School District but did not receive an immediate response.
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