Trainer gets probation for fondling woman

March 29, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer

A trainer at a Dorsey athletic center was sentenced in Howard Circuit Court to six months' probation yesterday for fondling a woman during a fitness consultation in May 1993.

John David Bailey, 29, of Baltimore, was given the sentence after pleading guilty to a fourth-degree sexual offense. An additional charge of battery was dropped by prosecutors as part of a plea agreement.

Bailey also was ordered to receive counseling if deemed necessary by his probation officer. He could have been sentenced to 21 years in prison had he been convicted of all charges.

Meanwhile, the victim in the case, a resident of Hanover, filed a civil lawsuit in Howard Circuit Court on March 21 seeking $35 million in damages against Bailey and National Fitness Center for the May 11, 1993, incident.

George Jarosinski, a Baltimore attorney for the woman, said he believes Bailey's guilty plea will support his client's allegations, although it will have no bearing on her case against the fitness center.

The fitness center, in the 6800 block of Douglas Legum Drive, has since been sold and is now called the Baltimore Sports Club. National Fitness Center officials could not be reached for comment.

The woman claims in the lawsuit that the incident caused her severe physical and emotional pain that required her to seek medical attention.

The woman contends that the fitness center's operators are negligent for hiring Bailey. She claims the company should have known of the likelihood that he would have sexually assaulted her.

According to court records and the lawsuit, Bailey asked the woman to come into his office to measure her body fat and discuss her workout routine. Bailey then closed his office's door and window blinds.

During the consultation, Bailey grabbed her inner thigh, buttocks and breasts, records say. The woman became upset and rushed out of the office, records say. She then went to her home and called police.

Bailey later admitted to investigators during an interview that he grabbed the woman. He explained that he usually uses a measuring tape during these kinds of consultations, but didn't in this incident.

The woman has requested a jury trial for her lawsuit.

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