Former Petersburg sheriff's deputy denied bond

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A former Petersburg sheriff's deputy who's accused of trying to arrange sex with an 11-year-old girl has been denied bond.

Vernard Bailey, 67, faces a number of charges including the attempted rape of a child younger than 13.

He was arrested last week after a concerned citizen came forward. Police arranged an uncover sting operation and Bailey was later arrested.

Bailey was a 27-year veteran with the Petersburg Sheriff's Office but was fired after investigators say he confessed to the crimes.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 2.

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