Parents wary after janitor with a record is accused of raping student
BATON ROUGE - Parents are questioning the school district's background check policy after a janitor with a prior criminal history was accused of raping a 14-year-old student.
The victim told East Baton Rouge Sheriff deputies Adrian Wright Jr., 31, pushed her into a classroom when she was trying to leave North Banks Middle School and attacked her on November 23, 2013. Deputies were notified of the alleged rape in April 2014 when the girl's counselor contacted authorities.
Tuesday, deputies filed charges and found Wright was already serving a ten-year prison term for an auto theft conviction.
Court documents show Wright was listed as an "habitual offender" for auto theft and will soon be sentenced for another conviction.
The company, Aramark, is contracted through East Baton Rouge Schools to hire custodians. EBR schools and Aramark have an agreement that requires Aramark to run background checks on potential employees and disqualify anyone who fails.
An Aramark spokesperson said Wright worked for a subcontractor, Millenium. William Campbell, Jr., the owner of Millenium Consulting Network, Inc., declined comment and would not say if his office performed the background check. Campbell referred all questions back to Aramark.
"We trust our kids each and every day to go to school, and we are thinking that everybody there has passed the qualifications to be there," North Banks Middle parent Charmaine Maloid said.
"Ultimately, the guy who committed the crime is to blame but also the company should hold some type of responsibility for who they employ," parent Ashley Cosey said.
Wright left his job as North Banks Middle school janitor a week after the girl accuses him of raping her. None of the companies involved in him getting the job said how long he worked at the school.