Sketch of Frank Bailey.
Sketch of Frank Bailey. Sketch by Yohanna Dent

Bailey drugged 14yo girl: court

FORMER high school principal Frank Bailey took a 14-year-old girl into his care with the consent of her parents, then allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, District Court at Grafton was told yesterday.

The trial of Frank Bailey, the principal of St Andrew’s Christian Community School from 2005 to 2008, began taking evidence from witnesses yesterday.

Judge Lakatos is hearing the trial without a jury.

The Crown prosecutor told the court the complainant in this case, who cannot be identified, was a student at the school.

She said that in mid 2006 Bailey had a meeting with the girl’s parents, who had experienced difficulties with their daughter at home.

They agreed the girl stay at Bailey’s home for two weeks. That period was in mid-2006.

The Crown said in that time the girl took part in family activities with the Baileys, but in the second week of her stay Bailey began to make sexual advances on her.

She said that on the day of the assault the accused packed the girl’s lunch, including a water bottle.

The girl allegedly noted that the water in the bottle had an odd taste and that when she returned home (to the Baileys’ house) she had a headache.

Even though she did not complain of any discomfort, Bailey offered her Panadol and gave her two tablets she described as “looking like normal round white Panadols”, the court heard.

The court heard the girl could not swallow the tablets, but noticed, when chewing one, that it did not taste like Panadol. She refused to take the other pill. However, soon after she fell into a deep sleep.

She awoke later in bed. Her school uniform had been removed and she was in pyjamas. The Crown said Bailey was on top of the girl, having penetrative sex with her.

She allegedly screamed out, but Bailey told her to be quiet and pinned her to the bed.

She noticed afterwards that Bailey was wearing a condom and he dressed still wearing the condom beneath his clothing, the prosecutor said. The girl was scared, confused and emotional after the alleged assault.

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 the girl was reticent about complaining until that date.

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

The Crown told the court she would present evidence from the complainant, a number of school friends of the girl, the mother of a friend, a doctor and a teacher who accompanied students on an excursion.

The court was then closed to hear the recorded testimony of the complainant.

The court was adjourned with this evidence part-heard.

Bailey’s defence has not yet had a chance test these allegations. The trial will continue next week .

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