Dayton Daily News investigates why cases of educator misconduct are at an all-time high.

Former coach loses license to work with kids after state investigation

A former Mad River Local School District football coach is barred from ever re-applying for a Ohio Department of Education license to work with kids after a state investigation into alleged inappropriate Facebook messages with a minor.

Timothy Bailey, 55, worked as a coach at Mad River Middle School in 2014-2015 and an assistant coach at Stebbins High School in 2015-2016. School officials say they have no record of any allegations concerning Bailey.

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In April 2016, Bailey was notified by the State Board of Education that it was considering taking action against his three-year pupil activity permit issued in August 2014. It’s unclear when and how ODE was made aware of the allegations.

Timothy Bailey

According to that notice, obtained by the Dayton Daily News using Ohio public records laws, Bailey “engaged in conduct that is unbecoming to the teaching profession” when he exchanged inappropriate Facebook messages with a minor between April 17, 2014, and April 22, 2014.

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Excerpts from the messages include asking whether the minor is “naked sun bath in” and asking for photos. The final listed message said: “K so now can ya whisper to me where ur living with granny& who knows ur courting a older fella??”

Records do not show the child’s age, but make reference to the minor’s birthday saying “Y’all have ur temps& scaring the other drives??”

A driver in Ohio is eligible for a temporary driving permit at age 15 and six months, according to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles website.

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After requesting hearings on the allegations with ODE, Bailey entered into a consent agreement in July 2018 confirming that his license expired in 2017 and saying “he will not reapply for any license, permit, or certificate with the Ohio Department of Education.”

Attorney John Concannon represented Bailey before the Ohio Department of Education.

“Mr. Bailey decided in the midst of all of this that he didn’t want to coach anymore and the Department of Education accommodated that, so that’s pretty much it,” Concannon said.

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Concannon said he was not familiar with any additional information, such as whether the school was notified, whether the minor was a student at Mad River or whether any other agency looked into the claims.

Mad River Schools spokeswoman Jenny Alexander has said the district has no record or information about any allegations against Bailey.

Montgomery County court records do not indicate that Bailey was charged with any crime in relation to the incident.

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Bailey was arrested in connection with a separate incident on Sept. 24. According to Huber Heights police records, officers arrived at his home, after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend, and found Bailey intoxicated. He was arrested on domestic violence charges.

Bailey admitted to getting into an argument but told officers he didn’t threaten his girlfriend, police records say. He was taken to jail, charged with misdemeanor domestic violence to which he pleaded not guilty, and released on his own recognizance. A hearing is scheduled in municipal court on Oct. 25.

Bailey could not be reached for comment. Bailey’s attorney in the domestic violence case has not yet returned a call for comment.

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About this story

This story is part of a Dayton Daily News investigation revealing that educators across Ohio are losing their professional licenses for misconduct at unprecedented numbers. The Daily News analyzed a database of thousands of educator misconduct files, and obtained records from schools, police departments, courts and the state, and reached out to ousted teachers and coaches. Some of the cases the newspaper found from districts across the Miami Valley have never previously been reported. Go here for the full report.

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