Unionville man faces possible trial in separate rape, abuse cases

mcarroll@centredaily.comMay 2, 2013 

A Unionville man accused of sexually abusing two minors in unrelated cases and supplying children with alcohol in a third case had the charges bound for trial Wednesday, despite missing his preliminary hearing due to an apparent medical condition.

Joseph E. Bailey Jr., 31, now faces possible trial in the three separate cases, on charges including rape of a child to supplying minors with alcohol.

Bailey wasn’t present for his late afternoon preliminary hearing in Centre County court. Court officials said Bailey suffered from an apparent medical condition and was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

His attorney, Lance Marshall, asked District Judge Thomas Jordan to postpone the hearing, arguing his client had a right to be present.

Prosecutors said Bailey has panic attacks and had previously complained he was having such an attack before another court appearance. They urged Jordan to allow the hearing to proceed as scheduled.

Both accusers took the stand during the preliminary hearing, saying Bailey sexually abused them.

State police alleged in charging documents that Bailey had sexual intercourse with a minor between May and June 2008, and in a separate case that he forced a child younger than 13 to have intercourse and perform sex acts between 2010 and 2012.

In a third case, Bailey is accused of giving alcoholic beverages to minors to the point that several became sick, according to testimony Wednesday.

He faces felony charges including rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and indecent assault of a person younger than 16.

Bailey is also charged with misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors.

He remains in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail, according to court documents.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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