A former Maricopa Unified School District teacher accused in April of inappropriate conduct with a 13-year-old female student was arrested Monday.
Dominic Bailin, 49, faces charges of one count of Aggravated Assault (Dangerous Crimes Against Children), one count of Harassment-Repeated Acts and three counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, according to Maricopa police.
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Court documents, however, show Bailin faces at least two counts of Aggravated Assault – classified as Victim Bound/Restrained and Adult on Minor.
A Maricopa Meadows resident, Bailin was a teacher at Maricopa Wells Middle School.
Both MPD and the school district launched investigations when the complaint was received in April, police said. Bailin was immediately placed on a work-from-home assignment and ordered to have no contact with students pending the results of the investigation, according to police.
The teacher resigned from MUSD on April 14.
Through numerous interviews and search warrants, police said they discovered evidence of a crime. The investigation is continuing.
In a statement released Thursday, the district said the allegations of misconduct were reported to MPD and the Arizona Department of Education according to district policy.
“Student safety is the highest priority of the Maricopa Unified School District. The District’s policies concerning staff conduct with students are strictly enforced,” it said. “The District will continue to cooperate with state and local law enforcement as needed, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
“This is an active investigation, therefore the Maricopa Unified School District cannot provide further information on this matter. The District takes every allegation of misconduct seriously and will take all measures necessary to ensure that its students are educated in a safe and nurturing environment.”
In 2007, Bailin was appointed by the city council to fill a vacant seat on the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Committee. In 2012, he was one of 17 applicants to seek appointment to a vacated seat on city council. He was not selected.
Bailin was booked into Pinal County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $50,000 bond, according to online inmate records.
An arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.