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January 8, 2015 at 8:28 PM

French teacher charged with molesting students at Bellevue school

A French woman who was a visiting second-grade teacher at a language-immersion school in Bellevue has been charged with sexually abusing students.

Florence Fournier-Montgieux, 31, is accused of putting her hands down the shirts of two of her female students multiple times prior to her termination from the French Immersion School of Washington in February 2014, according to King County Superior Court documents. She has been charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation.

According to a probable-cause document, Fournier-Montgieux was hired in September 2013 through a teacher-exchange program. She was terminated in February 2014 after parents reported she had hit children with notebooks and put them down verbally. Detectives later confirmed that she had returned to France in March 2014.

In May 2014, two of her students reported that she had put her hands down their shirts and rubbed their breasts, according to court documents. One of the girls told detectives that after she told Fournier-Montgieux to stop, she made “a frowning face and pretended to stomp away,” court documents allege. The incidents happened multiple times, the girls told detectives.

The head of the school notified the French Embassy about the investigation to be sure French authorities were aware, according to court documents. If she is arrested, bail would be set at $150,000 and she would be ordered to surrender her passport.

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