Ex-principal is convicted of lewd conduct in park

From Times Staff Reports

The former principal of an Orange high school was convicted Thursday of masturbating in a public park.

Brent Bailey, 56, resigned this year as head of El Modena High School after being arrested in December by a plainclothes police officer in a restroom at Fullerton’s Brea Dam Trails park.

He pleaded guilty at a Fullerton court Thursday to engaging in lewd conduct, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to three years’ probation.

Bailey was also ordered to stay away from the park, complete a program for sex offenders and take AIDS education classes. A resident of Fullerton, he had been principal of El Modena since 2005.