Ex-teacher pleads guilty to aggravated assault of student

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A former Maricopa Wells Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting one of his students has reached a plea agreement to avoid jail time. 

Dominic Bailin, 49, of Maricopa Meadows, was arrested on July 19, 2021 and charged with one count of aggravated assault (dangerous crimes against children), one count of harassment-repeated acts and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. 

Bailin was accused of engaging in inappropriate conduct with a 13-year-old female student from November 2020 to April 2021, according to a probable cause statement.

On Feb. 8, Bailin accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of aggravated assault on a minor, according to a spokesman for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office. 

Bailin was sentenced Feb. 28 to 15 years of supervised probation and required to register as a sex offender, the spokesman said. As of Friday, Bailin’s name does not appear on the Sex Offender Registry on the Arizona Department of Public Safety website. 

Bailin was offered a plea deal based on the difficulty of proving certain aspects of the case beyond a reasonable doubt, the spokesman said. 

Both MPD and the Maricopa Unified School District launched investigations when the complaint was received in April 2021. Bailin was immediately placed on a work-from-home assignment by the district and ordered to have no contact with students pending the results of the investigation, according to district. He resigned his position on April 14, 2021. 

During the police investigation, a search of the student’s school email turned up communications initiated by Bailin with the girl after 11 p.m. and on weekends, police said at the time. Detectives found child pornography, images of animal bestiality and “love letters” written by Bailin to the student, whose complaint resulted in his arrest, the probable cause statement said.

During a search warrant of Bailin’s home, several electronic devices were seized. On one of the devices detectives found typed “letters,” police said. 

An excerpt from one of the letters, allegedly written by Bailin to the student, read: “Mostly because of my age versus your age and that I’m a teacher. I know you don’t feel the same and so I feel that I have put too much of a burden on you.” 

After news of Bailin’s arrest was made public, two mothers alleged on Facebook that they had complained to principal Thad Miller about improper conduct by Bailin in 2019. 

One of the mothers wrote her daughter reported Bailin for touching her leg and making “inappropriate comments” during class. 

A second mother wrote her daughter made a similar complaint. “I can’t believe it took this long, it disgusts me!!!” she commented. 

Maricopa police said Miller confirmed the 13-year-old wasn’t the first female student to report they were made to feel uncomfortable by Bailin, telling investigators it was the “first complaint of this magnitude.” 

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    • Illuminati, supervised probation is very different than that probation. Its a whole different ballgame. He will be monitored much more closely! He can only leave his home for work or things that he has been given permission for, and he will only be allowed to go there and back. He’ll have to provide a daily schedule at least a week ahead of time and will get in trouble (including jail) if he strays from that. They will stop by, any place, at all hours of the day and night to ensure he is where he is supposed to be. #formerjusticeemployee