School employee charged with having sex with student

4:22 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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NEW HOPE, Minn. - An employee of a north metro high school is charged with 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct after allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student.

Police were called to a home in Robbinsdale on Friday, June 7, by the father of the alleged victim. He told officers he returned home unexpectedly around 3 p.m. that day, heard noise from his daughter's bedroom and went upstairs to check. The man said the door was open, his daughter was laying naked on her bed and 41-year-old Tajreed Rich was standing over her. Rich was also naked.

The victim's father recognized Rich from Robbinsdale Cooper High School, where he worked in the attendance office, as a hall monitor and member of the football staff.

Detectives talked to the victim, a student at Cooper, and she confirmed that she had sexual intercourse with Rich on two separate occasions.

Rich agreed to talk with officers and confirmed the teen's account of their sexual encounters. He told them he had counseled her in the past about relationships with male students, considered her a vulnerable student and stated that he knew better than to have a sexual relationship with a student.

Robbinsdale Public School District 281 released a statement on the case. It reads:

"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."

If found guilty Tajreed Rich faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

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