Case of sex with detainee moves on to county court
SHAMOKIN - A Kulpmont woman accused of having sex with a 17-year-old male detainee at Northwestern Academy waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday and was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to appear for plea court April 21 at Northumberland County Courthouse.
Aimee L. Bailey, 31, of 1128 Poplar St., who has no prior criminal record, waived to court felony counts of institutional sexual assault of a minor and corruption of minors filed by Coal Township Patrolman Matthew Hashuga.
The defendant was represented by assistant public defender Melissa Norton, who declined comment after the hearing on her client's legal plans. First assistant district attorney Ann Targonski prosecuted the case.
The victim, who was 17 at the time of the alleged crimes but turned 18 in December, sat in the courtroom for more than two hours under the supervision of an academy official until being notified that Bailey planned to waive the hearing. He offered no comment.
Hashuga said the unidentified victim is from the Lancaster area and was enrolled in the community prep program at the academy. The officer said the victim is close to being released from the facility.
Police said Bailey worked for Litton's Management Service, a food service subcontractor for the academy. She was fired in November after the allegations surfaced.
Bailey had never been directly employed by Northwestern Human Services, the academy's parent company, according to a company spokesman.
The accuser arrived at the facility in June. He began working in the kitchen in the secure facility in September when he met Bailey. She was his supervisor.
The victim told Coal Township police that Bailey seduced him by talking about sex, showing him nude cell phone photos of herself and asking to kiss.
Bailey told police she believed the accuser when he allegedly said he was 18 years old, and that he was the aggressor.
After initially rejecting his advances, she said she gave into his persistence and the two grew intimate.
The case was referred to police on Nov. 18 by the state Department of Public Welfare. According to the complaint, suspicions were raised among academy staff after a letter mailed from Bailey's Kulpmont address arrived for the accuser.