Employee of school for troubled youths charged with selling drugs in Monroeville

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An employee of a Butler County school for delinquent youths was arrested on drug-selling charges at a Monroeville shopping center, the Allegheny County district attorney's office announced Friday.

Authorities said Grant Michael Bailey, 28, of Slippery Rock, told them that he works as a drug and alcohol counselor at Summit Academy in Herman.

Academy spokesman Dick Roberts said Mr. Bailey is a newly hired counselor aide, not a counselor, but he didn't know whether Mr. Bailey works in the drug and alcohol program or another office.

There's no indication that Mr. Bailey was selling drugs at the school or to young people generally, district attorney spokesman Mike Manko said.

In October, the district attorney's office said, Mr. Bailey was observed selling 1 ounce of suspected cocaine in the parking lot of Miracle Mile Shopping Center in Monroeville.

The undercover operation was supervised by the district attorney's narcotics enforcement team, Swissvale police and state police.

District Judge Jeffrey Herbst arraigned Mr. Bailey Thursday on charges of possession, possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

He was jailed on $10,000 straight cash bond. A preliminary hearing was set for Tuesday.

Mr. Bailey began work Jan. 2 at the academy, a residential school for about 300 teenage males adjudicated delinquent in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia or Washington, D.C.

On its website, Summit Academy says all students are required to attend group and individual counseling sessions to help them with issues ranging from anger management to drug abuse to independent living skills.

Summit Academy belongs to a family of schools that also includes The Academy Charter School near Carrick and Sleepy Hollow Academy in South Park.

Because school officials were just learning about Mr. Bailey's case Friday, "it's premature to know what his status is going to be," Mr. Roberts said.

Mr. Roberts said he did not know where Mr. Bailey worked before joining the academy.

"He passed all of the clearances," Mr. Roberts said.

Joe Smydo: jsmydo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1548. First Published January 30, 2010 5:00 AM


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