A 41-year-old Robbinsdale Cooper High School hall monitor and football team staffer was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student after the girl's father walked in on them in her bedroom.
Tajreed Rich, of Minneapolis, was charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and up to $30,000 in fines with conditional release.
Rich began his employment with the school district in 2010 and served as a hall monitor who ensures students make it to class. He was also a member of the school's football staff and provided counseling to students. Rich told police he had previously counseled the girl about past relationships with male students.
Rich described the girl as a "vulnerable student" to police and said he knew better than to have a sexual relationship with a student.
DAD CAME HOME UNEXPECTEDLY
According to the charges, the pair was discovered after the girl's father came home unexpectedly around 3 p.m. Friday and heard sounds from his daughter's bedroom. The room was open and he reported finding his daughter naked on the bed and Rich, also naked, standing over her.
The girl confirmed she had sex with Rich on two separate occasions -- once within the past few weeks at Rich's home, and again on Friday for the second time. Rich also confirmed that information in a post-Miranda interview with officers, further admitting that he did not wear a condom.
FORMER WORK AT MINNEAPOLIS SCHOOLS
Tajreed Rich worked in the Minneapolis Public School District for several stints in the 90s and 2000s. MPS spokeswoman Larissa Chinwah released the following statement Tuesday:
"Tajreed Rich was first hired as an educational assistant aide substitute in 1995. That contract was terminated in March 1995. Rich was rehired in the same position in January 1998. In 1999, Rich was a security monitor. From 2003 until 2010, Rich held positions of youth coordinator, parent liaison and coach at North High School."
FOX 9 News spoke with one of Rich's family members at his home on north Minneapolis who described the situation as a "nightmare."
According to the family, Rich had daughters and a son who attended Cooper High School and recently graduated.
Cooper High School hall monitor arrested for alleged sex with student
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