Michael Brandon Osikomaiya, a 23-year-old special education teacher for Baltimore City Schools has been placed on administrative leave after police arrested him for pimping out his 16-year-old girlfriend last week.
Osikomaiya was arrested last Thursday at the Townson East Motel where he arranged the meet up between his girlfriend, and an undercover officer. He is now being held on $200,000 bail, and facing charges for human trafficking and prostitution. A small silver lining in this case is that the girl in question is not one of Osikomaiya's students, and police have said that, "Nothing in our investigation so far has indicated that any of his students were any of his victims," Baltimore County Corporal John Wachter said.
The 16-year-old involved told police that she and Osikomaiya had been dating for about 2 months, and that she started posting to prostitution sites shorts after. She continued that her boyfriend "did not condone what she was doing but he wanted to keep her safe since he couldn't stop her." Because of this, he let her use his phone to contact customers, and would accompany her to appointments.
When Osikomaiya was arrested he told the cops he thought she was 17. "Osikomaiya stated that he knew what he did was wrong but he just didn't want [the girl] being left alone and getting hurt," police said in an affidavit.
Since Osikomaiya's arrest, the girl in question has gone missing. Police have said that they are considering the girl to be a victim and do not plan to press any charges against her. They are asking that she turn herself in simply so that they can interview her and provide victim support to the young woman. "We're considering her a victim, she's not a suspect, and we would like for her to go to the police and if there's a problem at home, we'll deal with that," police said in a statement.
The Baltimore City Schools also released a statement regarding the arrest of their teacher. "'Please be assured that all staff members at NACA Freedom and Democracy II, and across the school district, are expected to be role models and to act, at all times, in the best interests of the students they serve," Chief School Supports Officer Karl Perry Sr. said. "Students, if you are anxious or have any concerns regarding this matter. I encourage you to speak with Principal Brown, a school counselor, a school police officer, health suite staff, a teacher, or any other adult with whom you feel comfortable." Adding, "We are here to support you and will take your concerns seriously."
(Photo: Baltimore County Police)
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