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Council member of Grand Traverse Band accused of assault

Derek Bailey. Photo from Facebook

Derek Bailey, a council member for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan, is facing five sexual assault charges involving two young victims.

Bailey, 42, is accused of three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct. One of the victims was younger than 13 when one of the alleged attacks took place and another was between the age of 13 and 16, The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.

Bailey is being held without bond in Leelanau County, the paper said. He is due back in court on May 19.

Bailey is serving his third term on the tribal council. He previously served as chairman from 2008 to 2012.

In 2011, he sought the Democratic nomination for Michigan's 1st Congressional District but instead ran for a state legislative seat. He wad defeated in the primary.

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Bailey held without bond (The Traverse City Record-Eagle 5/11)
Tribal council member faces sex crime accusations (The Traverse City Record-Eagle 5/11)
Tribal Council Member Accused of Sex Crimes (9&10 News 5/11)
Tribal councilor accused of sexual assault in Northern Michigan (MLive 5/11)

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