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Roseville man busted for setting up tryst with 14-year-old

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A 33-year-old man who thought he would be meeting a young teenage girl in a Roseville park Wednesday night found himself surrounded by police officers instead. Darren Calvin Bailey was arraigned Thursday afternoon on several felony counts, as police questioned whether there may be other victims.

An investigation started after a man contacted police about messages his 14-year-old daughter received on her computer, purporting to come from another teen.

“The father was dubious of individual’s intentions and notified the police of his fears,” police said in a release today.

Members of the local police’s Special Investigations Division and the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children (SMCAC) Task Force started fielding and responding to communications by the suspect, pretending to be the teen.

According to police, the suspect asked for photos and sexual favors, and sent explicit photos of himself. Finally, he set up last night’s meeting. Whatever sugarplums were dancing in his head vanished when he saw the official welcoming committee.

Bailey did not allow an uneventful arrest. He tried to run, then fought with officers, who were forced to use a Taser on him.

This afternoon, Bailey appeared in 39th district court for arraignment. He was charged with two counts of Child Sexually Abusive Behavior, one count of using a computer to commit a felony, and one count of assault on a police officer. The first two felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Bailey is jailed on a $1 million bond pending a September 11 preliminary examination.

Roseville police encourage others who may have been victimized by the suspect to contact them at (586) 447-4483.



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