Sex principal to be sentenced guilty

FORMER Grafton Christian headmaster Frank Bailey has admitted to the final two sex charges against him.

The admission ends six months of legal proceedings and rules out the need for the victim to participate in a criminal trial.

Bailey, formerly the principal of St Andrew's Christian College, has now pleaded guilty to five counts of having sex with a 16-year-old under his care.

He faces a maximum term of imprisonment of eight years.

Bailey, 43, did not appear at Grafton Local Court yesterday. Instead his pleas were entered by Grafton solicitor Neil Johnson, on behalf of Bailey's legal counsel Thomas Feerick.

Bailey, pictured, has been on suicide watch at Long Bay Correctional Centre.

He was scheduled to appear at court via audio visual link yesterday but was not required.

The married father-of three has been in police custody since his arrest in May last year.

Mr Feerick said after the arrest that Bailey did not apply for bail so he could undergo mental health treatment in jail.

Bailey's arrest last May followed a three-month investigation by the Coffs Harbour Child Protection unit.

That investigation began after Bailey resigned from St Andrew's Christian College at the end of 2007.

He had worked at the St Andrew's Christian College for more than two years before moving briefly to Gympie, where he again worked as a headmaster at a Christian school.

The offences happened in Grafton just before Bailey left the area to take up a job in Queensland.

He was forced to stand down from the job in Gympie when the investigation about him became known.

During his two years in Grafton, Bailey lived at Junction Hill.

Bailey was living in Sydney with his family at the time of his arrest.

A date for Bailey to be sentenced in the District Court was scheduled to be set down at Grafton Local Court on March 16.

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