The husband of a teacher accused of having sex with her student told a court on Wednesday that he thought his wife was just trying to help the child by communicating with him, the New York Post reported.
Jill Lamontagne was arrested in December after authorities alleged that she was having a sexual relationship with one of her students. She faces gross sexual assault charges for allegedly having sexual relations with the student multiple times since 2017, the Post reported.
Her husband, Steve Lamontagne, appeared in court on Wednesday testifying that he was aware of the communications between his wife and the student, but didn't think it was a big deal, according to the Bangor Daily News.
He even said that he and his wife talked about those phone calls.
“It was a topic of conversation,” he said.
Lamontagne went on the say that he remembered one time his wife suddenly left the home at an odd time saying she had to see the student.
“I didn’t think anything of it,” Lamontagne testified. “I told her, ‘Do what you have to do to help the kid.’”
Lamontagne also testified that he knew that his wife had given the teen boy a ride in her car, but again said it did not trouble him.
He said he thought his wife was “going to help a kid who needed help,” the Biddeford Journal Tribune reported.
The former Kennebunk High School teacher also took the stand in court on Wednesday to defend the communication between her and the student.
She said that she was “concerned” for the well-being of the troubled boy, and was only calling to check on him, according to the Journal Tribune.
She also denied ever kissing or having sex with him.
In multiple past court appearances, her attorney Scott Gardner has insisted that his client never had a sexual relationship with the student.
Suspicion of the relationship came about when the boy was hospitalized after attempting to kill himself, the Post reported. The boy is said to have told the nurse he did it because of a girl.
Lamontagne has pleaded guilty to the charges against her and will appear in court again next Thursday.
[Photo: York County Sheriff]
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