Carlinville dentist faces sex abuse charges

Carlinville dentist faces sex abuse charges

By Misty Fritz

Medora man

A Carlinville dentist is facing multiple charges following an investigation by the Illinois State Police which began June 13. Rodney L. Bailey, 41, of Medora, was charged by the Jersey County State’s Attorney on Friday, Aug. 1, with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 13 years of age which are alleged to have occurred June 20, 1997. For each count, Bailey could face a penalty of three to seven years in prison, two years mandatory supervised release and a fine not to exceed $25,000.

Bond on the arrest warrant was set at $250,000. Bailey turned himself in on Monday, Aug. 4, posted bond at the Jersey County Jail and was released.

Jersey County State’s Attorney Ben Goetten is prosecuting Bailey. Goetten said that as far as he knows, Bailey was not working as a coach at the time of the incident. As Bailey has held a dental license since July 1998, it is possible he was still in dental school in June 1997, when the assaults allegedly occurred.

For more information, check out the August 7th edition of the Enquirer Democrat