ROCKVILLE, Md. (USA TODAY) - A teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy with autism has fled the country, according to police.
County Police say on Nov. 11 they started investigating allegations
that 25-year-old Yee Tak Sharon Kui, who taught at The Frost School,
assaulted the boy.
According to police, the Frost School "is a
private special education school, which serves children and adolescents
with emotional and behavioral disabilities, autism spectrum disorders
and related special needs."
On Tuesday, the boy's father, Ronald
Harding, described his son's reaction as the family drove past the Frost
School, where he was a student of Kui, on their way to report the
alleged abuse to child protective services.
"He began literally
ripping pieces of the door panel off the inside of our car," Harding
said. It's challenging for him because with autism, he does not display
his emotions. But he feels them deeper than most of us."
Hardings struggled for years to find the right school for the autistic
but high-functioning 15-year-old. But police now believe that while his
parents were at church, Kui sent salacious text messages and then twice
came to their home and had sex with the child.
"This was a
particularly disturbing case," said Assistant Chief Russ Hamill. "Our
victim is a child, and a child of special needs. He should have been
nurtured and protected by his teacher," officials said.
A person at Kui's Rockville, Md., apartment declined to talk to WUSA9.
Tuesday, after they searched her home and obtained an arrest warrant,
police said she took a flight from New York to China to avoid
Montgomery County police are in the process of requesting Kui's extradition by Chinese authorities.
think the Chinese government will have sufficient investigative leads
to try and locate her. I don't think it's a matter of if, it's a matter
of when," said Capt. Robert Carter.
Frost School officials say as
soon as they found out about the text messages between Kui, a manager
called her in, suspended, and then terminated her.
Kui faces two counts of third-degree sex offense, sex abuse of a minor and sexual solicitation of a minor.
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