Man accused of school assault takes plea deal

Jalen Harris is arraigned via video on new charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. (Feb. 11, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who sexually assaulted two elementary school students in Grand Rapids will spend at least 18 years in prison under the terms of a plea agreement.

Monday, on the day Jalen Harris was to stand trial on three cases in Kent County Circuit Court, he entered a plea to a number of charges after reaching an agreement with the prosecutor’s office.

Harris pleaded no contest to two counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes, a count of kidnapping – child enticement and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

As part of the plea deal, all other charges against him will be dropped. Harris agreed to a minimum sentence of 18 years in prison. Prosecutors agreed not to bring additional CSC charges against him based on reports from Grand Rapids police.

Harris was arrested in February after walking into River City Scholars Charter Academy and accosting two girls inside. In a jailhouse interview with 24 Hour News 8 not long after his arrest, he denied wrongdoing. In a separate case, he was accused of sexually assaulting involving a victim under the age of 10 years old in June 2015.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5.