JERSEYVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A former basketball coach and school board president in Metro East Illinois is accused of sexual abuse involving a boy. The suspect is 41-year-old Rodney L. Bailey. He coached In Jerseyville from 1998 to 2005. The three alleged offenses happened in the summer of 1997 away from school grounds. The charges are disturbing and graphic. Bailey is charged with 3 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. If convicted he could spend 12 years and prison and be fined 75 thousand dollars.
The victim who is now about 30 was younger than 13 at the time of the incidents. He recently came forward. He told detective he wanted to help them determine if there are other victims out there and make sure this never happens happen. Captain Jim Morrisey with the Illinois State Police said, "The suspect had access to young children the allegations against him involved a young child and we want to make sure if anything else happened were made aware of it we can investigate that so it doesn't happen again."
Bailey also coached recently in the Southwestern Community Unit School District Number 9 in Macoupin County. He was a school board president there and a board secretary until August of last year.
At the time of the incidents 17 years ago the victim did inform loved ones but authorities say the information was never forwarded to police.
Superintendents in both districts are encouraging anyone who has pertinent information to contact the state's attorney.