Sharon Kui Yee-Tak, a 25-year-old former teacher’s aide at Frost School, a Maryland-based private school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, is believed to have fled to Hong Kong, where her brother resides.
According to wusa9.com, the victim’s father, Minister Ronald Harding, revealed his son’s torment and abuse by the hands of a trusted adult and teacher by “literally ripping pieces of the door panel off the inside of our car.”
Nov 3: Kui visits the boy’s home
Nov 10: Kui visits the victim and asked if he would have sex with her. Victim tells parent.
Nov 11: Sharon is fired from school and police start investigation.
Nov 13: a day after an arrest warrant was obtained, Sharon flees
Maryland police allege that Kui had entered the student’s home on Sunday morning and sexually abused the 15-year-old autistic teen in two incidents that took place while the student’s family was attending church.
Communication between the defendant and her pupil is believed to have originated through the exchanging of sexually suggestive text messages, a clear violation of boundaries between teacher and student that resulted in Kui being suspended.
Kui is charged with sexual solicitation of a minor, sex abuse of a minor and two counts of third-degree sex offense. She may be traveling with her boyfriend. WUSA reports:
“I think the Chinese government will have sufficient investigative leads to try and locate her. I don’t think it’s a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” Police said.
Kui graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011. One of her friends told the Washington Post in an interview that she was stunned by the allegations and did not believe Kui was capable of them. The newspaper also cited a statement of charges saying Kui phoned the victim on the night his family contacted police and told him she would “flee the country rather than go to jail”.
Montgomery police are reportedly working with Hong Kong officials to try to extradite Kui. A Hong Kong police spokesman said the force would not comment on individual cases.
This is not the first time that a pedagogue wanted for sexual assault has fled to China.