A first-degree sexual assault charge has been filed by Miller County, Ark., prosecutors against a former Texarkana, Texas, high school teacher.
Carlton James Bailey Jr., 26, allegedly admitted to sexual contact with an 18-year-old female student during an interview with Texarkana, Ark., police in June, according to a probable cause affidavit. The student contacted Texarkana, Texas, Independent School District police in June and was referred to Texarkana, Ark., police after it was learned that the alleged sexual contact occurred at the student’s home in Texarkana, Ark. It is illegal in Arkansas and Texas for a teacher to have sexual contact with a student enrolled in a private or public school system even if the student is 18.
The student allegedly told a forensic interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center that Bailey was her sociology teacher. She said Bailey was flirtatious with her on campus and that she began to follow him on Instagram and that he began following her on Instagram as well. The girl said she and Bailey exchanged private messages through Instagram and Snapchat.
The girl reported that she and Bailey messaged “most of the night” on March 21 and that Bailey gave her candy and an energy drink the next day at school. The girl reported that she and Bailey arranged to meet one another at the girl’s home the night of March 22 and that Bailey arrived at about 11:30 p.m.
Bailey allegedly began forcefully kissing the girl once in her bedroom.
“She said he had a coercive tone and she kind of froze,” the affidavit states.
The girl claimed Bailey appeared to enjoy that she was uncomfortable and that when he left he took a blanket from her bedroom with him. Bailey was interviewed by Texarkana, Ark., police July 9. Bailey allegedly denied any wrongdoing at first but later confessed.
Bailey is facing six to 30 years in prison and a possible fine up to $15,000 if convicted. Bailey’s case is assigned to Circuit Judge Brent Haltom. He is currently free on a $15,000 bond.