Robbinsdale Cooper hall monitor busted having sex with student when her dad walked in
Tajreed Rich, a 41-year-old hall monitor, member of the football coaching staff, and student counselor at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, faces a third-degree sexual assault charge after he was busted having sex with a 17-year-old student last Friday.
According to the charging document, the victim's father unexpectedly came home around 3 p.m. that day, heard noises emanating from his daughter's bedroom, and headed upstairs to check it out.
He found her bedroom door ajar. Inside, his daughter was naked on her bed and Rich was standing over her, also naked. They had just finished having sex.
The victim's father recognized Rich as a Robbinsdale Cooper employee. Indeed, as WCCO, citing the complaint, writes, "The victim was a student at Cooper High School and was seeing Rich for counseling about previous relationships with male students."
During conversations with police, both the victim and Rich acknowledged having sex with each other twice, with the first occurrence taking place last month at Rich's Minneapolis home on the 2700 block of Knox Avenue North and the second happening last Friday in the Robbinsdale home.
Rich told officers he knew the girl was a "vulnerable student" and said he "knew better than to have a sexual relationship with a student."
As news of Rich's arrest circulated yesterday (he was charged today), Robbinsdale Cooper officials released this statement:
This is a horrible incident, and the district finds acts such as this reprehensible. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and our hearts go out to the family during this time. Robbinsdale Area Schools and Cooper High School are working closely with police on this matter, and we will continue to support Cooper students and families during this time.
The Star Tribune, citing a school district spokesperson, reports that decisions about Rich's employment will involve a bargaining group that represents educational assistants. (UPDATE -- Robbinsdale Schools announced this afternoon that Rich is no longer employed by the district.)
If convicted, Rich faces up to 15 years in prison.
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