Former Teacher Arrested on Aggravated Assault Charges Involving Minor

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Dominic Bailin, 49, a former Maricopa Unified School District teacher, was arrested last week on charges including aggravated assault on a minor.

Dominic Bailin, 49, faces charges of one count of Aggravated Assault (Dangerous Crimes Against Children), one count of Harassment-Repeated Acts and three counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, according to police. The former teacher was accused in April of inappropriate conduct with a 13-year-old female student.

Both Maricopa Police Department and the Maricopa Unified School District launched investigations when the complaint was received in April. According to police, Bailin was immediately placed on a work-from-home assignment and ordered to have no contact with students pending the results of the investigation.

The teacher resigned from MUSD on April 14.

Through numerous interviews and search warrants, police said they discovered evidence of a crime. The investigation is continuing.

The Maricopa Unified School District released the following statement on Bailin’s arrest:

“On April 8, 2021, Maricopa Unified School District received information that an employee may have engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a District student. When the District became aware that he committed a reportable offense, he was removed from contact with students, and his employment ended. The District initiated an internal investigation and reported allegations of misconduct to the Maricopa Police Department and the Arizona Department of Education according to District policy and practice. Student safety is a high priority of the Maricopa Unified School District. The District’s policies concerning staff conduct with students are strictly enforced. The District will continue to cooperate with state and local law enforcement as needed, to the fullest extent permitted by law. This is an active investigation therefore, the Maricopa Unified School District cannot provide further information on this matter.”

Bailin was booked into Pinal County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $50,000 bond.