The man Mujey Dumbuya accused of rape had been accused before — but he still worked in her school district


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The man Mujey Dumbuya accused of rape had been accused before — but he still worked in her school district

Now he’s a person of interest in her death

16-year-old Mujey Dumbuya was first reported missing on January 25, 2018. On January 28, her body was found in the woods in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Two days later, she was identified as the young woman set to testify against Quinn James, a man she accused of raping her multiple times when she was 15. Dumbaya was a student at Ridge Park Charter Academy in Michigan when the alleged sexual assault took place.

Dumbuya alleged that James forced her to have sex with him multiple times in different locations. James was eventually charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and Dumbuya was set to testify against him in April.

Now, he's a person of interest in the investigation around Dumbuya's disappearance and death.

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Ridge Park Charter Academy in Kentwood, Michigan.

And it wasn't the first time James had been accused of sexual assault — in 2014, another teenage girl accused him of rape, a charge that he was arrested in connection with on February 1 of this year. He is also a convicted felon, and has spent time in jail on armed robbery charges, among others.

Following the 2014 accusation, James remained an employee of Dumbuya's school district in Kentwood, Michigan

According to a statement the Kentwood Public School District's superintendent gave Buzzfeed News, James was hired to be member of the grounds and maintenance crew in 2011, "had very little contact with students and none as part of his job responsibilities," and apparently hid his past convictions.

The superintendent also said that when James's criminal past "came to the attention of school leadership" he was investigated and fired.

But it didn't come to the school district's attention soon enough for Dumbuya, as court records show he was still employed when she came forward in 2017

The failure of KPSD to protect students from a man who had already been accused of criminal sexual misconduct with a teenager a year younger than Dumbuya is an egregious example of the way that we fail young women — particularly young black women.

According to a statement issued Thursday by Dumbuya's family, she was a "generous, energetic young woman" who wanted to make the world a better place. "Mujey was looking forward to graduating from high school next year," the statement said. "She wanted to be a police officer to help fight against social injustice, including racism."