A Roseville resident, 33-year-old Darren Bailey, was recently charged by Macomb County prosecutors with one count of using a computer to commit a crime, two counts of child sexually abusive behavior, and one count of assaulting a police officer. According to Roseville police, Bailey intended to engage in a sex rendezvous involving a 14-year-old girl at a nearby park. The defendant was unaware at the time that the “date” he had set up was with law enforcement.
A news article at Mlive.com states that the girl’s father intercepted messages on the internet from the defendant which he believes were intended for his 14-year-old daughter; he then notified police of the inappropriate messages. Several agencies then set up a sting operation and began posing as the girl on the internet in order to catch Bailey. The agencies involved include the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Special Investigations Division of the Roseville Police Department.
On Thursday August 29, Roseville police said in a release that officers exchanged text messages with Bailey, who believed he was communicating with the girl. Officers claimed in the release that the suspect requested sexual favors and photos, and even sent photos of himself naked in order to try to entice the girl to meet him at the park. Bailey arrived at the park believing he was going to meet the victim for sexual favors, however was descended on by police who had to Taser the suspect when he ran.
Bailey was arraigned on Thursday; 39 District Court Judge Catherine B. Steeland set his bond at $1 million cash or surety. He is scheduled for a preliminary exam on the morning of September 11.
Michigan sex crime attorneys understand the seriousness of being charged with any sex-related offense. If convicted, Bailey may face up to 20 years in prison for child sexually abusive behavior. Using a computer to commit a sex crime is also a 20-year felony.
Being convicted of a sex offense not only leaves an individual facing serious penalties which may include many years or even life behind bars, it also tarnishes the accused individual’s reputation and career. If required to register as a sex offender, the damage to the person’s life is even more intense. It is critical that those accused of rape, sexual assault, child molestation or other related offenses consult with an aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately.