A Prince George's County social studies teacher who lives in the District was arrested this week and charged with raping a 14-year-old student, Greenbelt police announced yesterday.
Pascal Etienne Brazey, 36, was fired yesterday by the school system, one day after his arrest, police and school officials said. Police found him at work at Robert Goddard French Immersion School in Seabrook and seized his computer in a search for evidence, an official said.
Officer George Mathews of the Greenbelt City Police Department said Brazey, a French citizen with a U.S. employment visa, was being held in lieu of $75,000 bond.
Brazey, hired by the school system Aug. 22, 2000, was listed on the school Web site as a teacher for grades 6, 7 and 8.
According to a brief police announcement, Brazey has been charged with two counts of rape and with sexual molestation and assault in an incident that allegedly occurred in June 2004. His alleged victim was 14 at the time. Police said Brazey went to her residence and had non-consensual sex with her one day after she called in sick to school.
"Suspect Brazey stated that the sex was consensual and that the victim said she was curious about sex and wanted him to do it," a police investigator wrote in the charging document filed in Prince George's District Court.
The county's Department of Social Services alerted police of the alleged crime in mid-October. The girl, now 15, provided a statement to investigators that she had non-consensual sex with Brazey on June 14, 2004, according to the court document. He was her seventh-grade social studies teacher, according to the document.
In the document, police stated that Brazey voluntarily came to Greenbelt police headquarters Oct. 19 to give a statement concerning the case.
No one answered calls yesterday to a number listed under Brazey's name at an address in Southeast Washington.
Prince George's school system spokesman John White said Brazey passed a criminal background check before he was hired. He said school officials have cooperated with police. Principal Sherra Chappelle could not be reached for comment.
Staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.