Derek Bailey sentenced to prison for sex crimes in two counties
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY/LEELANAU COUNTY, Mi. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Derek Bailey was sentenced to prison on Monday after being found guilty of sex crimes in Grand Traverse County and Leelanau County.
Bailey was sentenced to 25 to 50 years after being found guilty in Grand Traverse County of two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct back in April.
Bailey was also sentenced to 10 to 15 years after being found guilty in Leelanau County of two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct back in November. Bailey will serve his sentence concurrently. Bailey has a credit of 360 days.
Derek Bailey is the former Tribal Chairman for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
There were many tense and emotional moments in court on Monday before Judge Philip Rodgers handed down Bailey's sentenced.
Bailey spoke in court for nearly 15 minutes. In that time he said that this past year has been traumatic for him, his family, and his friends, but that God has gotten him through it, and he will continue to do so.
"It's also been transformational," Bailey said.
Despite being found guilty of his crimes, when referring to the impact this case has had on his family, Bailey maintained his innocence.
"Who through the actions, these false allegations that have been brought forth, these perverse allegations that have been brought forth against me, they have a father now facing a minimum of 25 years, a life sentencing," Bailey said.
Bailey also went on to reference having two all white juries convict him of his crimes.
"To me it's the glaring example of the the Jim Crow of the north," Bailey said.
A statement Judge Rodgers didn't appreciate.
"To refer to these jurors, I don't know if any of them are here, as representatives of the Jim Crow society...I think was grossly unfair and unnecessary on your part and beneath you," Judge Rodgers said.
But the judge's strong words didn't end there.
"You are perhaps the greatest disappointment that I have seen in a child molester in the years I've been a judge," Judge Rodgers went on.
Rodgers called Bailey narcissistic and self centered, and told him that if he ever wants to be able to move past this that he'll first need to admit to his crimes.
"Until you are in a position where you can look other people in the eye and admit the abhorrent behavior that you have visited upon these young people for these many years, you're not in a position to be forgiven by your creator," said Judge Rodgers.
Tanya Bailey, Derek's wife also spoke.
"There will be a time where I have forgiven him because he will not keep me or my family in a prison of hate, anger, and darkness," Tanya said.
The victims had prepared statements too, saying they also will not let what Bailey did to them, defeat them.