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Social Cues, Social Skills, Sexual Abuse and Autism

Gift bad wrappingManaging Editor's Note: Below is a story of a teacher who has allegedly engaged in sex with a 15 year old with autism at The Frost School in Rockville, Maryland. While teacher/student sexual abuse is not a new story -- we can't help but think of the exacerbated possibility of abuse among a population for whom social skills and cues are a hurdle. We know our preverbal children are sought out as targets for violence or abuse (my own daughter was a victim, as many of you know.) We need to remember that pretty much all of our children, no matter where they fall on the spectrum,  will be clear targets for predators. Hardly the gift some would like us to believe.

Police say Rockville teacher accused of sexually abusing autistic student fled country

By St. John Barned-Smith

Two incidents alleged to have taken place at victim’s home

This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2013.

A woman who taught at a Rockville school for students with special needs abused one of her Sex assault MDstudents, then fled the country when authorities began investigating, police said Tuesday.

According to a Montgomery County police statement, Yee Tak Sharon Kui, 25, of Pasture Side Place, Rockville, taught at The Frost School on Aspen Hill Road.

The school serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and related special needs, according to its website.

Public records did not list Kui’s specific address on Pasture Side Place.

Twice in November, Kui went to the home of one of her students, a 15-year-old boy, and engaged in “illegal sexual contact” with him while his parents were away, police said.

According to a warrant police obtained for her arrest, Kui and the boy began texting one another.

The first alleged act of abuse took place on Nov. 3, and included kissing and fondling, according to the warrant.

Read more at Gazette.net.

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