The leader of an after-school program at a Bronx middle school has been accused of raping a 13-year-old student, police said.
Michael Jenkins, 24, met the girl at The Angelo Patri Middle School and took her back to his home Monday, where he allegedly raped her, according to police and multiple reports.
He was arrested Wednesday night and charged with rape, criminal sex act, forcible touching, acting in a manner injurious to a person less than 17 and sex abuse, police said.
Jenkins is not an employee of the Department of Education, but had clearance to work for the program from city and state agencies, a DOE and Department of Youth and Community Development spokesperson said.
“The safety of young people is our top priority, and we take allegations of this nature very seriously,” the spokesperson said. “The individual was immediately suspended without pay and he is no longer permitted in any schools. DYCD has suspended funding for the program as we determine whether the provider can continue to operate at this school.”