BELLEFONTE — A Unionville man was found guilty Wednesday of 33 charges of raping several girls, some of whom were relatives, over a four-year period.
Joseph E. Bailey Sr., 32, was found guilty after a two-day trial in Centre County Court.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller called Bailey’s actions a “reign of terror.”
Bailey, originally charged in March 2013, remained in Centre County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail. He will be sentenced July 15 by Judge Pamela A. Ruest, who presided over the jury trial. Trooper Brian Wakefield of the state police at Rockview filed the charges.
Between May 2008 and August 2012, Bailey raped a girl beginning when she was 9 years old, according to court documents. Sometimes, he raped her in his State College apartment, where he watched her , and on another occasion in a basement in Howard, according to the reports.
Court reports show Bailey would text the girl, asking her for sex and promising her it would be the last time. During the trial, it was found that Bailey had confessed the crime to his second wife.
Testimony at the trial also showed that in July 2011, Bailey provided alcohol to two boys and a girl between the ages of 10 and 12 in his Howard home.
Court reports showed that two of them vomited after drinking, and the 12-year-old girl “passed out.” The girl awoke the next morning with “blood in her underwear,” and she was dressed only in her bra and underwear, court documents show.
Testimony showed that the girl called her mother and left.
On the same night, Bailey lured a 10-year-old girl into his Howard basement, telling her he needed help with something, then raped her, according to court reports. Testimony showed he raped her again two more times in the basement and another time in a treehouse. He raped her again the following year and forced her to perform oral sex, according to testimony.
In August 2012, the same girl ran out of the house, but he caught her, pulled out a knife and told her he would hurt himself if she didn’t go with him, according to court reports. They went back to the treehouse where he again raped her, documents show.
Jurors found Bailey guilty of two counts of incest and five counts of sexual assault, four counts of rape of a child, four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child, two counts of statutory sexual assault, two counts of statutory sexual assault 11 years or older, one count of deviate sexual intercourse of a child, five counts of assault on a person less than 13 years of age. All of those charges were felonies.
He also was charged with four counts of corruption of minors, indecent assault with lack of consent, furnishing liquor to minors, all misdemeanors. Bailey was acquitted of sexual assault, a felony, and indecent assault, a misdemeanor.
During the trial, all of the victims testified against Bailey.
“I am so grateful to not only the jury and the Pennsylvania State Police for stopping him, but especially to the brave child victims who redefined ‘hero’ by being able to tell their stories in court,” Parks Miller said in a news release. “This verdict will never erase what he did to the victims, but I hope the verdict will help place their destiny back into their hands, where it belongs.”
Christopher Passante can be reached at 231-4638. Follow him on Twitter @CPassanteCDT.