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MoCo Teacher Flees Country After Being Charged With Sexual Assault

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Yee Tak Sharon Kui has been charged on three counts.

Police in Montgomery County say a teacher at a private school for special needs children has fled to Hong Kong after being charged with sexually assaulting a student who has autism.

Yee Tak "Sharon" Kui, 25, flew to Hong Kong on Nov. 13, according to Montgomery County police. That's just a day after she was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male student with autism. Kui taught at the Frost School, and was fired once the charges were filed.

Police say she visited the boy twice last month at his family's home in Silver Spring and engaged in sexual activity with him when the boy's parents were gone.

"This was particularly disturbing this case. Our victim is a child, and a child of special needs," says assistant police chief Russ Hamill. "He should have been nurtured and protected by his teacher."

Ron Harding is the victim's father, and he took the unusual step of identifying himself as such. Harding says he did so because he fears there may be other victims.

"This is the kind of situation that kills the faith of individuals and separates people in our society by fear," Harding says.

Police would not comment on whether they believe there are other victims. As for his son, Harding says everything has been difficult the last few weeks.

"As we drove to meet Child Protective Services, and we drove past the school, he began to rip pieces of the door panel off the inside of our car," Harding says. "It's very challenging for him. With autism he does not display his emotions, but he feels them deeper than most of us."

Assistant police chief Russ Hamill says efforts to bring Kui back to the United States are underway, but adds they're still unsure whether there's an extradition agreement with the Chinese government.

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