MARICOPA — A teacher at Maricopa Unified School District has been arrested for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old student, authorities said.

According to a press release from the city of Maricopa, Dominic Bailin, 49, of Maricopa is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of aggravated assault and one count of harassment.

In April, the Maricopa Police Department received information that Bailin, a MUSD teacher, was allegedly engaged in "unprofessional and inappropriate conduct" with a 13-year-old female student.

MUSD spokeswoman Mishell Terry stated in an email to the Maricopa Monitor that the district received information on April 8 that an “employee may have engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a district student.”

The district investigated the allegations and immediately placed the individual on a work from home assignment to have no contact with students, she stated. The allegations were also reported to the Maricopa Police Department and the Arizona Department of Education.

“Student safety is the highest priority of the Maricopa Unified School District,” Terry stated in her email. “The District’s policies concerning staff conduct with students are strictly enforced. The district will continue to cooperate with state and local law enforcement as needed, to the fullest extent permitted by law.”

Terry declined to provide any additional information on the situation because of the on-going investigation.

“The district takes every allegation of misconduct seriously and will take all measures necessary to ensure that its students are educated in a safe and nurturing environment,” she stated in her email.

The police department also immediately started an investigation into the matter in coordination with the district, stated city of Maricopa spokesman Luis Vila in a press release.

On April 14, Bailin resigned from the school district, the press release said. He was arrested by Maricopa Police on July 19.

Police and MUSD are continuing to investigate the situation and are asking anyone with information to contact the Police Department at 520-568-3673 and reference report number: 210412011.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.