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    When Glenn Harp volunteered two years ago to coach basketball in an after-school program in Irvington, he harbored a dirty little secret. Indicted a decade earlier on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the Newark man had been convicted on the lesser charge and sentenced to three years' probation.

    But apparently no one checked, not even board of education member Ahmed Screven, whose civic association ran the after-school program, which has been discontinued. Last week, Harp, 38, pleaded guilty to raping a 7-year-old girl he supervised in the program at Grove Street Elementary School.

    The assaults occurred between September and December 2007, said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. According to an indictment handed up in August, Harp repeatedly raped the girl at the school and at his apartment in Newark. She eventually reported the assaults to her grandmother, who called police.

    How Harp, who faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in March, was allowed to take the child out of the school is uncertain, Loriquet said. But others who worked in the program said he would have been alone with children for several hours a day.

    Community leaders and at least one school board member said they are outraged by the assault and at the way the district has reacted to it. No one had discussed the assault publicly before The Star-Ledger started asking questions after receiving an anonymous tip. Other parents at the school said they were never told it had happened.

    School board member Kenneth Waller said Screven should have conducted the background check and that failure to do so violated school policy as well as the trust between the school and the community.

    "I am calling for his resignation," Waller said.


    Screven did not return repeated calls for comment. Ronald Hunt, an attorney for the Irvington Board of Education, said he could not comment on the case because the girl's family has said it plans to file a lawsuit against the district.

    State law requires all school employees who will be in contact with children to undergo a background check. In the case of volunteers such as Harp, however, schools have the option to run a check but it is not mandated, according to the state Department of Education.

    Waller was not on the school board at the time the program was in effect, but said he was briefed by school attorneys on the charges roughly a month after he was elected in April 2008. School officials suspended the program immediately after the allegation was made.

    "It came up, it went away and no one ever talked about it," he said. Waller said he is intent on creating a stronger partnership between parents and the schools and said incidents such as these are undermining that effort.

    "The idea here is that we need to ... effect change," Waller said. "There's not enough transparency going on in terms of how we do school business."

    Also at issue, Waller said, is that parents were never notified of the assault.

    "If something like this occurred, there should have been information put out to other parents of children in this program," he said.

    Waller, who said he is eager to be an "agent of change" in the district, was the only school board member to make a statement on the record.

    Eloise McDaniel, president of the Irvington Block Association Coalition, has worked closely with parents in the community for 10 years. She, too, was upset no one was notified after Harp's arrest.

    "They have kept that very hush-hush," she said, "How do you cover something like that up?"

    Loriquet said Harp was accused in 1999 of fondling a 10-year-old, but he did not know details of the incident. He said Prosecutor Paula Dow praised county investigators Miranda Mathis, Quovella Spruill and Newark Police Detective Reinaldo Perez for a thorough investigation that led to the guilty plea.

    After Harp's arrest, the Irvington school board began investigating the program, but it is unknown how extensive the investigation was or what, if any, action was taken beyond the suspension of the program.

    Several parents waiting to pick up their children at the school last week said they had not been told of the assault and expressed shock that they were not informed.

    "I never knew about it and we should have known," said Eric Johnson, 35, who was waiting to pick up his first-grader, "That's putting people in danger."

    Quinn McClain, 49, has a grandchild in the school. He said parents should have been informed immediately after the school discovered the assault.

    "I'm here all the time," McClain said. "I sit in the classroom. Why wasn't I told?"

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    They gonna beat his ass in the county jail.

    What a ashame.
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    i hope they send his ass to "monmouth county jail" and beat his ass daily and let them rape his asshole..

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    i hope they send his ass to "monmouth county jail" and beat his ass daily and let them rape his asshole..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opportunist View Post
    They gonna beat his ass in the county jail.

    What a ashame.
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