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After-School Staffer Sexually Assaulted, Smoked Pot With Teens, Police Say

By Emily Frost | April 22, 2015 6:55pm
 A student at P.S. 191 on West 61st Street was raped by an after-school instructor, according to officials.
A student at P.S. 191 on West 61st Street was raped by an after-school instructor, according to officials.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — The after-school instructor arrested for raping a 14-year-old girl also kissed another underage student and smoked pot with others, prosecutors said.

Jamal Baughan, 22, who worked for the program Roads to Success at P.S. 191, faces six counts of endangering the welfare of a child and an additional charge of sexual abuse in the third degree after he brought teens from the school back to his East Harlem apartment to party, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

One of the teens was 13 years old, prosecutors said. 

Baughan, a part-time employee of the after-school program, first invited the 14-year-old student back to his apartment on April 10, where they smoked pot together, according to the DA. 

The following afternoon, the two returned to his apartment within NYCHA's Polo Grounds Towers, where he raped her, the court document said. 

Another 14-year-old girl told police she smoked pot with Baughan on Jan. 9 at an undisclosed location. She then smoked pot with Baughan at his apartment this February and he kissed her without her consent, according to the complaint.

It was not clear whether she or the other teens he smoked pot with were also P.S. 191 students and whether they'd also met Baughan at the Roads to Success program.

A 15-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy also told police they'd smoked pot with Baughan. 

The 15-year-old girl went to his apartment and smoked pot with him in January or February, she told police.

The 13-year-old boy smoked pot with Baughan on Jan.9 at an undisclosed location and in his apartment in February, the teen told authorities. 

A spokeswoman for the Department of Youth and Community Development said Roads to Success had run a background check on Baughan before he started work and that he was immediately removed from the program when the rape accusation was brought forward. She would not say how long he was employed by the program.

He was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court Wednesday and is being held on $25,000 bail.

Baughan's lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment. 

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