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Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey
courtesy of Iredell Co. Sheriff's Office

Additional Statutory Sex Offense Charge Lodged Against School Employee

More charges have been filed against an Iredell County Schools employee previously arrested on statutory rape and indecent liberties charges. On Monday (August 8) deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad served two more arrest warrants on 36-year-old Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey of Bluff Court in Statesville. The warrants charge her with felony statutory sex offense with a child under 15, and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. WHKY previously reported on the initial arrest, which occurred August 1 when Bailey turned herself in.

These new charges stem from information obtained from a family member of the victim who came forward and notified Special Victims Unit Detectives about additional evidence that the family member had to show the extent of the relationship between Bailey and the victim. Upon reviewing the evidence, detectives were able to obtain two new arrest warrants.

The original investigation into these matters began on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, when the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a report regarding a teacher possibly having had a sexual relationship with a student. Several witness interviews were conducted, and search warrants were obtained for digital and social media communications between the victim and Bailey. The victim was interviewed as part of the investigation and additional information was received. According to published reports, Bailey has been suspended with pay from her position at Northview Academy (formerly Pressly School).

Bailey was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where she was served with the warrants and then she appeared before a magistrate who issued a $50,000 secured bond on the new charges. Bailey was already out on a $75,000 secured bond and is currently on electronic house arrest.