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Mario Hunt charged with sex crimes, transmission of HIV

6:03 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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CAHOKIA, Ill. (KSDK) - A 35-year-old teacher's aide has been arraigned on charges of abusing a student. 

Mario Hunt is accused of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and transmission of HIV.

Court documents accuse Hunt of committing the crimes against a 17-year-old male between January 1, 2011 and June 21, 2011. Sources say the victim as a student at Cahokia Senior High School, where Hunt worked as a teacher's aide.

The charging documents also indicate Hunt is HIV positive and when he allegedly committed those acts against the student he knowingly exposed the minor to the virus. That doesn't necessarily mean that the teenager was infected. We don't know that at this point.

The superintendent says a mother complained to him recently about Hunt and inappropriate communication with her son on Facebook, but he says the conversation did not involve allegations about sexual abuse. Police confirm it is the same boy.

"I'm shocked by that," said Cahokia Superintendent Art Ryan. "I'm, you know, sad to hear that that's a possibility. Again, I have no firsthand knowledge of any of this stuff. Just what you have shared with me. I've not seen any reports about the charges being filed or anything of that nature. You know, again, with HIPA laws and so on, you know, people who are not compelled to share any situations they might have with their employers."

Students and parents tell us Hunt was a track coach. A student said Monday the school called a meeting of all of the boys who run track and plan to conduct individual interviews with them this week. Hunt is in jail on a $300,000 bond.


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