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Police: Teacher Yee Tak Sharon Kui flees U.S. after sex abuse allegations

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (USA TODAY) - A teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy with autism has fled the country, according to police.

Montgomery 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."

The 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.

Early Tuesday, after they searched her home and obtained an arrest warrant, police said she took a flight from New York to China to avoid prosecution.

Montgomery County police are in the process of requesting Kui's extradition by Chinese authorities.

"I 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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