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UPDATE: St. Benedict's Prep Dean of Seniors Arrested for Attempted Luring in Harrison

Harrison Town

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said on Thursday, October 6, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Harrison Police Department arrested a high school dean of seniors after being notified of an attempted luring incident.

Prosecutor Suarez said Didier Jean-Baptiste, 54, of Jersey City, is charged with one count of Luring by Attempt a crime of the second degree and Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

He was arrested without incident at his residence in Jersey City, transported to the Harrison Police Department, and released on a summons based on the recommendation of a risk assessment tool in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform. Jean-Baptiste is tentatively scheduled to appear in court on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Prosecutor Suarez said the investigation determined Jean-Baptiste, a dean at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, arranged to meet an individual, who he believed to be a teenager, for sex in Harrison during a watchdog internet sting operation.

The crimes did not involve any students. Anyone wishing to report a sex crime should call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) at 201-915-1234.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).