35-year-old Melvin Jenkins asked a female student to come into his classroom, where he then questioned her and touched her inappropriately. The next day, detectives went in to question Jenkins. He admitted in an interview that he was texting the girl and had been alone in a classroom with her for a period of time.
Yesterday, Jenkins turned himself in and is now facing one count of authority figure soliciting or engaging in sexual conduct with a student.
Jenkins has not been in the classroom since the allegations emerged and the investigation into the matter continues.
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