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Newark prep school guidance counselor accused of inappropriate contact facing multiple charges

The guidance counselor was recently fired for what St. Benedict's determined was "inappropriate conduct."

News 12 Staff

Oct 6, 2022, 4:06 PM

Updated 621 days ago

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A guidance counselor who worked at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark who is accused of trying to make contact and foster a relationship with whom he thought was an underage boy has now been charged in the case.
Jersey City police arrested Didier Jean-Baptiste Thursday. The guidance counselor was recently fired for what St. Benedict's determined was "inappropriate conduct."
The school stated it was aware of the staffer's action that took place off of school property, adding it did not involve a St. Benedict's student.
He's accused of sending text messages and attempting to meet with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old boy.
St. Benedict's Prep issued a statement saying, "Immediate action was taken to terminate the employment of this individual as well as ensure law enforcement was apprised.
Though no current or former students were involved, and the event did not occur on school grounds an internal investigation has already begun."
The Hudson County prosecutor has charged Jean Baptist with attempted luring and endangering the welfare of a child.
Jean-Baptiste was released on a summons and is due back in court Oct. 24.


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