A 22-year-old part-time worker at an after-school program on the Upper West Side has been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old student at his home two weeks ago, authorities say.
Jamal Baughan, of Manhattan, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of second-degree rape.
NBC 4 New York first reported Monday that the NYPD's Special Victims Unit was investigating allegations made by the 14-year-old P.S. 191 student that the part-time instructor invited her to his home April 11, kissed her, laid in bed with her and raped her.
According to the Department of Education, Baughan does not work for the agency or for the city in any capacity. He worked for Roads to Success, which operates after-school programs in four New York City boroughs and is funded by the Department of Youth & Community Development.
The 14-year-old's father says his family trusted Baughan, having run into him several times at P.S. 191. He said he was disgusted by the allegations.
"My daughter is only 14 and he's 22," the father said. "Apparently the man had sex with her right in his room."
NBC 4 New York is not identifying the girl's father in order to protect the accuser's identity. The father said the man allegedly lured his daughter to his home under the pretense of a field trip to the movies.
In a statement Monday, the Department of Youth & Community Development said it was "disturbed by the allegations."
The agency "is working to ensure that the provider fully cooperates with the investigation and that appropriate actions are taken," the statement continued. "Nothing is more important to the city than the safety and well-being of our young people."
Authorities say Road to Success notified the appropriate agencies immediately about the allegations and Baughan from its program. He went through all the requisite background checks required of city-funded programs and their employees and was cleared to participate.
Information on an attorney for Baughan wasn't immediately available.