Stories of the Year: Ex-teacher charged, denies sexual relationship with student

KENNEBUNK Allegations of a sexual relationship between a Kennebunk High School student and teacher surfaced in June, with that teacher pleading not guilty to the charges.

Jill Lamontagne, 29, of Kennebunk, was indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a then 17-year-old male student. Lamontagne has adamantly denied the charges and pleaded not guilty in York County Superior Court.

“She entered a not guilty plea because she is not guilty. This is a teenage fantasy that became a rumor,” Lamontagne’s attorney Scott Gardner said. “None of this is true. Her career has been upended and her life has been turned upside down. These sorts of allegations can arise at any time that a teacher spends time with an emotionally disturbed student.”

The allegations came to light in June when a protection from abuse order granted in Biddeford District Court ordered Lamontagne to have no contact with the student. The order was filed by the student’s mother on his behalf. Court documents state Lamontagne engaged in sex acts a number of times with the student “in the classroom, in her car and at her house.” Documents state the student was admitted to Maine Medical Center in Portland June 9 for the ingestion of Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold medicine and Warfarin, a blood thinner. According to documents, the student revealed to his mother and a nurse at the hospital that he loved Lamontagne and he ingested the medications to attempt suicide.

Lamontagne, who taught health at KHS for five years, was put on leave in April when the district learned of the allegations, returned to work with disciplinary measures, and was then put on leave again in June after the district learned of the court filing.

She resigned from her position in September.

Gardner has said the student was not in Lamontagne’s class, but she did help him with homework.

Lamontagne’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 8 for a dispositional conference.

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