Jill Lamontagne, a 29-year-old married teacher in Maine, has turned herself in after being accused of sleeping with a student. Lamontagne was indicted on Tuesday, October 3, on a number of sexual assault charges.
Lamontagne, 29, turned herself into authorities after she was indicted by a York County Grand Jury on six counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and six counts of abuse of a minor.
Allegedly, Lamontagne had a relationship with a 17-year-old male student who was in her health class at Kennebunk High School at the time of sexual contact.
According to a court document, the relationship between the teacher and boy was revealed when he was hospitalized following a suspected suicide attempt. The Portland Press Herald reports that the unidentified student ingested a concoction of ibuprofen, Tylenol, cold medicine and blood thinner Warfarin.
The teen allegedly disclosed the relationship to his aunt a day after his hospitalization, telling her that he and Lamontagne had sexual contact “numerous times, in the classroom, at her house, in her car.” The student said Lamontagne performed oral sex on him, adding that “other stuff happened.” The student also allegedly told his mother and a nurse at the hospital that he loved his teacher and took the mixture of medicines to attempt suicide
via Portland Press Herald:
Lamontagne was placed on administrative leave June 12 when the family of a 17-year-old student notified school authorities he had sexual contact with her, RSU 21 Superintendent Katie Hawes said in June.
Shortly after she was placed on leave, Lamontagne filed for family medical leave with the district. Family medical leave laws allow an employee to take 12 weeks of leave during a 12-month period with supporting documentation provided by a doctor.
Lamontagne was still on leave when she tendered her resignation in early September, Hawes said. She did not return to the classroom this school year. Details of the alleged relationship were disclosed in a protection from abuse order filed in Biddeford District Court by the student’s mother on the boy’s behalf.
The family sought the protection order two days after Lamontagne was placed on leave. It described how a sudden hospitalization for a suspected suicide attempt led the student to reveal the relationship to a family member, a registered nurse and a psychiatrist.
Lamontagne, a graduate of Kennebunk High School, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and her master’s degree from the University of New England.
She was released on $1,000 bail from the police station, denies the allegations and plans to plead not-guilty when she is arraigned on December 22.