TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – A former chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe has been convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a girl.

Derek Bailey was found guilty Thursday in Grand Traverse County court. He’s the former chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

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A 15-year-old girl says Bailey sexually abused her for years. He denied the allegations during testimony.

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In November, he was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Leelanau County. The Traverse City Record-Eagle says he’ll be sentenced in both cases on May 2.

Bailey’s family and friends cried when they heard the verdict in the packed courtroom. The girl’s supporters hugged.

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