picture https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=4a26...v=3&ithint=photo,jpg&authkey=!AIt0_KdreVgfCEE Charge: Bellevue teacher molested her students BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A French exchange teacher accused of groping two girls at a Bellevue private school has been charged with child molestation. King County prosecutors claim Florence Fournier-Montgieux molested the 8-year-olds while teaching at the French Immersion School of Washington. She was fired for unrelated misconduct in March and had returned to France before the molestation allegations were made. Fournier-Montgieux is alleged to have forced her hands down the shirts of at least two girls during her time at the private school. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at the school, where Fournier-Montgieux, 31, was teaching as part of a teacher exchange supported by the French government. Hired by the school in September 2013, Fournier-Montgieux was fired in February after several parents complained she was hitting children with notebooks and putting them down, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Carla Carlstrom said in charging papers filed Monday. She left the United States on March 25. In a statement Thursday, a school spokeswoman said the allegations against Fournier-Montgieux prompted a review of school processes and teacher screening. "As we shared with our school community last year, the teacher was dismissed for other reasons before the allegations surfaced and is no longer in the country, as her work visa was revoked when she was terminated," the school spokeswoman said. "We take any allegation of inappropriate conduct very seriously and cooperate fully with local law enforcement." The allegations of sexual misconduct came in June, when a girl’s mother contacted police, claiming Fournier-Montgieux had groped her daughter. The girl and another – interviewed separately after police contacted her family – claimed Fournier-Montgieux forced her hands down their shirts and rubbed their chests, a Bellevue detective said in charging papers. One said Fournier-Montgieux frowned and stomped away when the girl told her to stop. According to charging papers, the girls said the groping occurred nearly every day. School administrators told parents of Fournier-Montgieux’s students about the allegations when classes resumed in September. According to charging papers, a school administrator said parents’ reactions varied widely. “Most parents advised they would consider contacting police but were not concerned,” the detective said, recounting an interview with the school director. “Other parents completely dismissed the allegation and believed Florence did nothing wrong.” Carlstrom noted the head of the school contacted French authorities about the allegations after they came to light. Fournier-Montgieux is believed to currently reside in Paris. Fournier-Montgieux has been charged with first-degree child molestation, a felony sex offense. It’s unlikely she will be called to answer those charges, though. The French government does not extradite its own citizens, and, though it has the right to do so, it rarely tries French citizens for crimes committed abroad. The nationality of the girls Fournier-Montgieux is alleged to have abused is not listed in charging papers. King County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Dan Donohoe said prosecutors will seek extradition if Fournier-Montgieux is arrested. A warrant for her arrest was issued Monday.