BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A special education teacher has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on charges of human trafficking and prostitution, according to police and a school letter obtained by WJZ.
In the letter sent to parents on Friday, Chief School Supports Officer Karl Perry Sr. says that NACA Freedom & Democracy II Special Education Teacher Michael Brandon Osikomaiya was arrested and charged on May 19th.
Police say 23-year-old Osikomaiya was arrested in Baltimore County on the afternoon of May 19 after investigators learned that there was a 16-year-old girl advertising prostitution on the internet.
“An undercover officer contacted the girl and set up a meeting at a Baltimore County motel,” Baltimore County police said.
Police say Osikomaiya was allegedly her pimp.
“It’s important to note that we consider this young girl a victim and we have no intention at this time of charging her with any criminal offense,” said John Wachter, a spokesperson for Baltimore County police.
But police now say they can’t find the the 16-year-old victim.
“Unfortunately while the FBI was transporting the victim back to be interviewed, she got out of the car and ran away. So we conducted a thorough search for her, unfortunately we are not able to locate her so she is still out there,” said Wachter.
“Immediately on receiving notification of this, City Schools placed Mr. Osikomaiya on administrative leave. City Schools will closely monitor this matter and will promptly take any and all further actions as warranted,” said Perry.
In the letter, school officials add that support will be available as long as needed. Anyone with any questions is asked to contact the school at 443-642-2031.
“Please be assured that all staff members at NACA Freedom and Democracy II, and across the school district, are expected to be role models and to act, at all times, in the best interests of the students they serve. Students, if you are anxious or have any concerns regarding this matter. I encourage you to speak with Principal Brown, a school counselor, a school police officer, health suite staff, a teacher, or any other adult with whom you feel comfortable,” said Perry. “We are here to support you and will take your concerns seriously.”
Police believe no students were victimized in connection to this incident.