Kentwood Public Schools knew of James' prior felony convictions

Mujey Dumbuya, 16, (at left) was found dead in a Kalamazoo woods three days after her family last saw her. Now, Quinn Anthony James, 42, (at right) is a person of interest in her death. (WWMT/Contributed)

Newschannel 3 has learned that Kentwood Public Schools knew of Quinn Anthony James' convictions of an armed robbery in 1991 and two counts of a prisoner in possession of a weapon in 2003 prior to his hire as a maintenance and grounds worker in the district, according to the Kentwood Public Schools Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff.

"Mr. James was hired because he fit the qualifications for working as a groundskeeper. Mr. James brought strong references from community members when he applied for the groundskeeper position, a position for which he was qualified and one that did not connect him with students," Zoerhoff said in an email to Newschannel 3. "In fact, our understanding is that Mr. James did not learn to know our [East Kentwood High School] student, who was so tragically murdered, through his work duties or at school. That connection occurred when a person she met via the social media resulted in her coming into contact with Mr. James during the summer. In his position with the district, Mr. James had very limited contact with students and his responsibilities did not involve students. The district took immediate action to terminate the employment of Mr. James this past November when we first learned of misconduct accusations."

Multiple sources are considering James a person of interest in the murder of Grand Rapids teen Mujey Dumbaya.

Last year, Dumbaya accused James of forcing sex on her multiple times. After being arrested in November, James admitted to having sex with the then-15-year-old Dumbaya inside a vehicle outside his house in Wyoming, Mich. James told the investigators it was consensual. James later pled not guilty after being charged with four counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 13-15 in addition to a mandatory minimum 25-year sentence as a habitual, fourth time offender.

Dumbaya was set to testify against James, her accused rapist, in April, according to documents obtained by Newschannel 3.


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