Updated: 03/22/2014 10:16 AM
Created: 03/21/2014 1:54 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert
A French citizen who taught at the French Academy of Minnesota in St. Louis Park was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday on charges of sexual assault. Adrien Massey, 32, of Angers, France, was convicted in a French court of sexual assault and touching equivalent to rape of American minors.
Massey was staying at a Concordia language camp near Bemidji in May 2010 when the sexual assaults occurred. The Beltrami County Sheriff's office investigated the sexual assaults of two boys - a 10-year-old and an 11-year-old who were students at the French Academy - at the language camp where Massey and the victims were visiting on a field trip.
During the sheriff's investigation, Massey was fired from his job, his U.S. visa was revoked and he fled to France where he refused to cooperate with the investigation.
French authorities found Massey in 2012 and took him into custody on a warrant from Minnesota. The U.S. Attorney's Office wanted to extradite Massey, but the French government chose to put him on trial instead.
According to the French Consul Alain Frecon, French law allows for the prosecution of a defendant without a cross-examination of the victims. Massey was tried in the court of Angers, France, based upon the investigation conducted by Beltrami County and Edina authorities with testimony provided by some of the parents of Massey's victims.
Massey confessed to additional rapes of children in France during the trial.
Massey will serve 12 years plus 10 years of probation with sex offender treatment upon release from prison. He received a lifetime ban of contact with minors and must register on the French national registry of sex offenders/pedophiles.