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Forum Communications Co., Published July 03 2010

Teacher charged with sexual abuse

BEMIDJI, Minn. – A St. Louis Park teacher fled the U.S. after he was charged with sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy at Concordia Language Camp here, authorities said.

Adrien Massy, 29, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual assault stemming from a June 7 incident.

Massy, a French citizen, was a teacher’s assistant at the camp and worked at the French Academy of Minnesota in St. Louis Park.

A warrant was issued June 11 by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Hennepin County for Massy’s arrest, but the suspect had already fled the country, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said.

Massy’s last known location was Iceland, a hub for international air travel, Hodapp said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Second-degree criminal sexual conduct is an extraditable crime.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was notified June 9 that a 10-year-old boy from Edina had been sexually assaulted at the language camp on the evening of June 7.

The boy was attending a five-day camp with other students from the French Academy, accompanied by a teacher and Massy.

The boy returned home with his parents and was interviewed about the incident on June 10 in Minneapolis.

The victim told his interviewer that he and other male classmates were trying to sleep in their dormitory at the camp when Massy entered his room, approached his bed and sexually molested the boy.

The boy said he told Massy to stop, after which Massy reportedly said “OK,” and left the room.

The boy said he believed Massy was also photographing another child in a shower stall.

Investigators received a report of another child being sexually assaulted by Massy at the camp, and a separate investigation is going into the incident.

Massy was fired by the French Academy and his laptop and camera were confiscated.

Hodapp said he is confident the FBI and ICE will locate Massy for extradition.