A 24-year-old teacher’s aide from Bloomfield was arrested after authorities said he arranged to have sex with a 14-year-old North Arlington boy.
Don R. Knight-Powell, 24, had been communicating online before making the arrangements, North Arlington Police Lt. Michael Horton said.
He was arrested by North Arlington police on luring charges a short time later and sent to the Bergen County Jail. A judge in Hackensack ordered him released the next day.
Knight-Powell made local news last year with a personal story of “trauma and triumph as a gay black man” whose adoptive parents rejected him because of his sexual orientation.
In the story, Knight-Powell talks of being molested several times at a shelter for homeless LGBT residents in East Orange.
He also fondly recalled time with a local youth program, Project WOW, particularly at a retreat in the Poconos, which Knight-Powell said, “gave me so much drive into becoming who I want to be.”
SEE: Displaced Yet Not Discouraged: A Profile of Don Knight-Powell
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