Clayton County

Middle school teacher charged with molesting student on campus

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A Clayton County middle school teacher has been arrested and charged with molesting a student at school.

Investigators said the teacher, Darriel Bailey worked at M.D. Roberts Middle School in Jonesboro. He's accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student, according to a warrant.

Channel 2's Tom Jones spoke to parents, who were appalled.

"What kind of teacher would do that?" one parent said.  "When did he have the opportunity to do something like this at school?"

Parents were also outraged that the school system didn't tell them about the arrest. Some parents told Jones that they received nothing at the school about the arrest.

"It definitely should have been noted to every parent of a student that goes here," Veeka Harris said.

Warrants indicate that Bailey exposed himself to the boy and asked him to go to the bathroom to perform indecent acts.


When the boy said no, the warrants indicate Bailey enticed the boy to participate on at least three occasions.

Clayton County schools said they couldn't comment on pending legal or personnel matters.

At least one parent said she would use the incident as an opportunity to educate her 6th grader.

"We talk about this at home for this reason," Takisha Golden said. "Those teachers are in a position of authority over children and they need to know that stuff like this can happen."

Bailey faces charges of child molestation, sodomy, enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual assault. He is being held without bond.