Local News

Ex-teacher at Chapel Hill school found guilty of sex abuse

Posted August 20, 2008

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— A jury Wednesday convicted a former Chapel Hill teacher charged with sexually abusing girls at a Montessori school.

Eric Grange, 45, of 519 Banks St. in Raleigh, was convicted of two counts of statutory first-degree sex offense and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child. Police said the girls were abused at the Montessori Community School in Chapel Hill in 2005 and 2006.

Grange, a French citizen, resigned from the school in June 2006 after authorities questioned him about suspected abuse of students, school officials said. U.S. immigration agents arrested him at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., three months later after warrants had been issued in the case.

Six of Grange's victims were expected to testify against him. The prosecution and defense agreed to bar the media from the courtroom to protect the girls and their families.

The case was handled in Durham County Superior Court because Montessori Community School is located in the part of Chapel Hill that lies in Durham County.

15 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 21, 2008

    And you will not find a democrat that will say that these people should be banned - but they should be treated equal. ... TheAdmiral"

    I am a democrat and I am highly AGAINST the perverts and child molesters. Equal on what?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 21, 2008

    I have been the victim of one of these posts and trust me WRAL lies and reports half truths

    No so. WRAL is nothing but the truth. What are you trying to hide, honey? Continue, WRAL to bring us the true stories as you always do. Criminals never want their stories told. :)

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 21, 2008

    Kids continue to tell when a teacher approaches you wrongly. No matter what is said to you tell your parents, police and everybody else. No teacher has a right to touch you. PERIOD! Sick of this. School administrators, you hire these perverts, so how about a complete back-ground check. Instead of hiring because of a friend, or friend of a friend. Check these people out, because you are bring danger to the schools and harming our children. Schools is starting up, do a complete back-ground check on all your teachers and staff that will be on you campus this fall.

  • AtALost Aug 20, 2008

    Pedophiles flock to occupations involving children for their own sick agendas. It's sad for those who genuinely care about kids.

  • boatingforfun88 Aug 20, 2008

    why don't you people get a life! Before you make judgements on other you should know the entire truth. I have been the victim of one of these posts and trust me WRAL lies and reports half truths

  • yacs Aug 20, 2008

    This guy needs to go away forever.

  • zanerx Aug 20, 2008

    "Well, the liberals believe that they should not be discriminated against because children are their sexual preference and their orientation. ... And you will not find a democrat that will say that these people should be banned - but they should be treated equal. ... TheAdmiral"

    You are hereby busted to Seaman, Third Class, for such idiotic remarks.

  • NCRunner Aug 20, 2008

    This response is to "The Admiral" get a life!

  • familyfour Aug 20, 2008

    I'm not sure about liberals thinking they are okay- but I do think there are way too many politicians giving to much good treatment and "equal rights" to folks who are certainly not deserving of them...

  • Metalgirl Aug 20, 2008

    To The Admiral:

    What planet do you inhabit to think, much less even say, that "liberals" support child molesters?? The only parents who think this is an acceptable behavior with children are MENTALLY ILL.

    If your views are representative of "conservatives", God help us all.

More...