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Bronx after-school worker headed to jail after sexually assaulting 13-year-old student


Michael Jenkins is led from the Bronx Special Victims Squad to Central booking after being charged with raping a 13 year old girl after luring her into his house. (Vic Nicastro for New York Daily News)

A former after-school worker is headed to jail for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Bronx student.

Michael Jenkins, 25, of the Bronx, pleaded guilty to criminal sex acts in the second degree at a Bronx Supreme court appearance and faces two years in an upstate prison plus 10 years’ supervision for the crimes he committed.

Jenkins, who must also register as a sex offender, was arrested and accused of raping a female student from Angelo Patri Middle School in December after he was caught making incriminating statements in a phone call set up by police.

He said nothing at his sentencing Monday.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said Jenkins victimized the student, who was enrolled in his after-school class.

“He took advantage of the girl’s age and took her to his apartment and sexually abused her,” Clark said. “Thankfully, the victim told another school employee, who then called the police.”

Jenkins was an employee of the nonprofit East Side Settlement House at the time of his arrest and taught an after-school class at Angelo Patri called “Mad Science.”

He was immediately suspended without pay and barred from working in city schools after he was arrested.

He had received clearances to work inside schools from the city and state agencies that oversee background checks even though he had three prior arrests related to marijuana.

Mott Haven-based East Side House Settlement operates programs at more than two dozen schools and other locations across the city, with a number of after-school programs, day care centers and summer camp operations.

With Esha Ray