A Maine high school teacher is accused of having sex with a student who later tried to kill himself.
The Press Herald reported that a York County grand jury indicted Jill Lamontagne, 29, on 14 counts stemming from the alleged illicit relationship. The Kennebunk High School teacher allegedly had sex with the student when he was under 18.
Kennebunk Police said the victim was a student in Lamontagne’s health class at one point. RSU 21 Superintendent Katie Hawes told the newspaper that the teacher was placed on administrative leave on June 12, after the 17-year-old’s family contacted police about her alleged conduct.
The Superintendent said that Lamontagne filed for family medical leave shortly after being placed on administrative leave. The paper noted that family medical leave allows an employee to take a 12-week leave within a one-year period without providing documentation from a doctor.
The teen’s family filed a protection order against the 29-year-old two days after she was put on leave. The order revealed that the student was rushed to the hospital on June 9 after taking ibuprofen, Tylenol, cold medicine, and a blood thinner.
He supposedly told his aunt of the relationship while being hospitalized for a possible suicide attempt. Until then, he had reportedly denied being involved with Lamontagne. Specifically, the teen claimed that Lamontagne performed oral sex on him, which led to “other stuff,” the order also indicated.
“He stated it [the rumor] was all true and he was sorry, so sorry for all the bad things he did,” the boy’s mother wrote. “He said he loved her, he said it happened numerous times, in the classroom, at her house, in her car. She told him that she hadn’t had a sexual relationship in two years.”
The teen reportedly confessed to his mother that he had confided in two of his classmates about the relationship but regretted it because he didn’t want Lamontagne—who is married with children—to go to jail.
Lamontagne’s attorney, Scott Gardner, claimed that the allegations were fabricated by an “emotionally troubled” teen.
“To make up a story, I think, is a sign I think of some sort of trouble. This story is made up,” he said.
“We see the worst nightmare of any teacher or counselor or person who works with youth manifesting itself.”
Lamontagne was released on $1,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court on December 22, according to WGME.
[Featured Image: Kennebunk Police Department]