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

Former Iredell County School Employee Charged with Statutory Rape

36-year-old Elizabeth Suzanne Bailey of Bluff Court in Statesville has been arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers on felony counts of statutory rape of a person 15 years of age or younger, indecent liberties with a minor, and sexual activity with a student. Bailey worked at Northview Academy, formerly known as the Pressly Alternative School.

She was arrested after the Sheriff’s Office took a report on July 20 regarding a teacher who was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a student. The incident took place on June 11. Detectives conducted several witness interviews and obtained search warrants for digital and social media communications between the victim and Bailey. The victim was also interviewed.

Warrants were issued and numerous attempts to locate Bailey were made, but she was not found. Today (August 1), Bailey turned herself at the Iredell County Detention Center after an arrangement was made between the District Attorney’s Office and the suspect’s attorney regarding the bond amount and special restrictions.

Bailey was given a $75,000 secured bond and placed under house arrest with an electronic ankle-monitoring device. No court date is currently listed.