Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published July 08 2010
Concordia says safety top priority after report of assaultOfficials from Concordia Language Villages are assuring families that safety is their No. 1 concern after a student of a separate language camp reported being sexually assaulted.
Letters have gone out to families to clarify that the man charged in the case worked for the French Academy of St. Louis Park, Minn., which was using Concordia’s facilities, said Executive Director Christine Schulz.
“The alleged perpetrator was not and never has been an employee or a contracted staff worker of ours,” Schulz said.
Adrien Massy, 29, is charged in Beltrami County (Minn.) District Court with second-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from a June 7 incident.
A 10-year-old boy from the Twin Cities area told investigators that Massy, a teacher’s assistant for the French Academy, sexually molested him while he attended a five-day camp at a Concordia facility near Bemidji, Minn., court records say.
Massy, a French citizen who was living in St. Louis Park, has fled the United States, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp told the Bemidji Pioneer that students of the Concordia Language Villages were not in danger.
“The assault occurred up here, but it was by the guy employed by the academy,” Hodapp said. “This appears to be an isolated incident.”
Concordia employees assisted with the program, but they are not being investigated, Schulz said.
This was the first time Concordia worked with the French Academy. Schulz said she couldn’t say whether Concordia would continue working with the program.
Employees of Concordia Language Villages go through a rigorous hiring process that involves criminal history checks, Schulz said. They are also closely supervised.
“Safety of participants is our top priority, and it always has been,” Schulz said.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590