New Jersey man charged with rape at Massachusetts college

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 ( ) 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.),