Bailey's sex trial continues

THE former principal of a Sunshine Coast school drugged and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old female student while the head of another school in northern NSW, a District Court trial has been told.

Frank Bailey, former principal of Cooloola Christian College, was principal of St Andrew's Christian Community School in Grafton when the alleged attack took place.

His judge-only trial began taking evidence in Grafton last week when the Crown prosecutor told the court the complainant, who cannot be identified, was a student at the Grafton school where Mr Bailey was principal from 2005-2008.

The attack allegedly occurred during a two-week period in 2006 when the girl was in Bailey's care after she and her parents were having difficulty getting along.

The Crown said the girl did not talk about the assault for some time and only made her first complaint to police on June 17, 2009.

Her first record of interview did not take place until September 16, 2009 and police noted at the time that she was reticent about complaining until that date.

Bailey was arrested on October 12, 2009 following the girl's complaint.

Police witnesses appearing for the prosecution told the court under cross-examination that documents from the Department of Community Services (DoCS) stated that no sexual intercourse with the victim had taken place at the Baileys' house and that an entry in the police computer system echoed those reports.

Another officer from the Child Protection Unit testified that when she began the investigation in July 2008 it was to determine whether the young girl was a witness in another matter or a victim of a sexual assault.

She said the girl pulled out of an interview with police, and because of her reluctance to be interviewed the investigation was called off in October 2008.

The case was reopened in April 2009 when the girl's mother rang police after the girl told the family doctor she had been assaulted.

The trial continues in Sydney this week.

Bailey is presently in custody after last year pleading guilty guilty to five counts of sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old under his care in 2007.


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