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  • Wednesday, January 31, 2007



    Orange Unified Schools DIGEST

    a news service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/

    Brent Bailey Arraignment
    Postponed Until February 20th

    A sobbing Brent Bailey, on unpaid leave from his position as principal of El Modena H.S. in Orange, appeared with his lawyer at the North Justice Center in Fullerton for his arraignment on lewd conduct charges on Monday January 30th. At the request of Bailey’s lawyer, the arraignment was postponed until February 20, 2007 by Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Max DeLiema. Bailey is married and lives in Fullerton.

    Bailey was cited and released after allegedly being caught in a police sting aimed at sexual activity in restrooms at Fullerton’s Brea Dam Recreational Area on the afternoon of December 27th during Orange Unified School District’s Winter Break. While specifics about the alleged incident are not yet fully known, the charge states that Bailey “did unlawfully engage in lewd and dissolute conduct in a public place and in a place open to the public and exposed to public view”.

    The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $5000 fine and six months in jail, but does not carry a required Sex Offender Registration penlty. The misdemeanor status caused a delay in notification of Orange Unified. The Fullerton Police Department did not at first notify Orange Unified because the charge was a misdemeanor. It was only after the Orange County District Attorney’s Office explained to the Fullerton Police of reporting responsibilities required in the California Education Code that the Fullerton Police contacted OUSD. After Orange officials were informed last week about the charge, Bailey was immediately placed on unpaid administrative leave and an Acting Principal was placed at the school. Orange Unified administrative officials have stated the case does not include students or minors.

    The story about Bailey went national as the Associated Press picked up the story that was also covered by Los Angeles television stations, internet education news reviews, and the local print media. The story again throws Orange Unified and El Modena H.S. into the media spotlight just as the Orange Unified School Board and OUSD Superintendent Thomas Godley working on a three year strategic plan that includes improving the press Orange Unified receives by 85% by the end of the three year plan. The plan also includes passing a Facilities Bond after two previous back to back bonds were defeated.

    El Modena High School, a nationally recognized school, has had more than its share of sexual press. A previous music teacher had been removed for improper student contact, and in 1999 El Modena was involved in a federal court over a Gay-Straight Alliance Club on campus. The then ultra-conservative OUSD School Board vowed to fight in court to stop the club from meeting as ultra-conservative protesters from across the country descended on the school. When it was clear that they would lose and Colin v Orange Unified could be the case law for allowing the clubs across the nation, the OUSD Board settled out of court, allowing the club to meet. CLICK ON:

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