SANTA ANA, Calif. - Investigators in Santa Ana say that 30-year-old Michael Douglas Bailey knew exactly what to do. He offered parents, whose children are trying to go to school via distance learning, his services as a tutor.
Supposedly he told them he was a teacher, and the kids could even use the internet in his apartment. He has lived in the building for a couple of years, so they knew him, or so they thought.
On August 24th, he followed one 12-year-old into his bathroom and, according to investigators, sexually assaulted him. The boy screamed out to his buddies, who were also in the apartment, who started banging on the door. Eventually, they all got out.
Police arrested Bailey, who has made the hundred thousand dollar bail.
They believe there are other victims, not only in Santa Ana but other areas, adding that this is a new trend for child molesters - to offer their services to parents looking for options during the COVID pandemic remote teaching times.
Suggestions, before you hire anyone, let alone let anyone take physical custody of your children:
-Ask them where they taught and call that district to check.
-Ask them for their credentials, and if possible, references (but remember, references could be friends of the predator).
-If your child goes to the tutor’s home for lessons, surprise them! Show up in the middle of a lesson, to see what is going on.
-Check, check, check. You can never do enough.
Santa Ana PD believes Bailey has other victims, and likely outside Santa Ana.
Please, give them a call if you recognize him and can help them find more victims.