What to Know
- Michael Jenkins, 24, of the Bronx, is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, police say
- Jenkins worked at an NYC school, where he met the student and took her back to his house on Monday where they allegedly had sex, sources say
- He is charged with rape, criminal sex act, forcible touching, acting in a manner injurious to a person less than 17 and sex abuse, cops say
A man working at a New York City after-school program was arrested after police said he took a 13-year-old girl to his apartment, raped her and later told her she couldn't get pregnant from oral sex.
Michael Jenkins, 24, of the Bronx, was cuffed Wednesday at his home after police were called to The Angelo Patri Middle School on Webster Avenue and determined the Special Victims Unit needed to get involved in a case, police sources familiar with the investigation tell NBC 4 New York.
Jenkins is charged with second-degree rape, two counts of criminal sex act, forcible touching, acting in a manner injurious to a person less than 17 and sex abuse, the NYPD said.
He did not enter a plea at an arraignment Thursday evening and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
At the arraignment, prosecutors said Jenkins had met the 13-year-old student at the school and began sexting the girl around Nov. 20. Then, on Monday, authorities said he took her to his apartment, where he goaded her into performing oral sex and raped her.
Then, prosecutors said, some unidentified person discovered the messages on the girl's phone when she didn't come home from school.
Jenkins was later heard in a taped phone conversation with the child telling her she couldn't get pregnant from oral sex, and that she should "stay with your story" that she was at a friend's house. Prosecutors said that surveillance footage from the man's building also showed him with the girl as he walked into his home.
Jenkins is being represented by a public defender who said in court the man has no criminal record. Members of his family were also at the arraignment and could be heard shouting "we love you" and "we'll stand by you."
Jenkins worked for a group called Schools Out NYC. He has been suspended without pay and permnanetly barred from entering a city school.
The city Department of Education has also cut the program altogether saying, "DYCD has suspended funding for the program, as we determine whether the provider can continue to operate this school."