NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — A New Jersey teenager visiting a Massachusetts college has been charged with raping a student during the trip.
Jamad Thomas, of East Orange, was released on $20,000 bail and ordered to stay away from Merrimack College after pleading not guilty Monday.
Prosecutors say the 18-year-old Thomas raped a female student at the North Andover school inside a dormitory bathroom just after 1 a.m. Sunday.
Thomas told police that the sex was consensual.
Thomas identified himself to police and students as a football recruit, but a Merrimack spokesman said he was not being recruited by the school.
Thomas’ lawyer, Benjamin Faulkner, tells The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1W4rva5 ) that his client “asserts his innocence completely.”
Faulkner says Thomas graduated from high school in 2015 and was doing a post-graduate year at prep school.
Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com