Illinois Educator Mario Hunt Charged With Sex Crimes, Transmitting HIV

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An assistant teacher at a high school in Illinois has been charged with criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and transmission of HIV.

35-year-old Mario Hunt is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old boy while knowing that he was HIV positive. Court records indicate that the incidents happened between January 1, 2011 and June 21, 2011 while the victim was a student at Cahokia Senior High School where Hunt works.

Hunt was arrested yesterday and his bail was set at $300,000. It has been reported that two additional victims have come forward and that police are also looking into Hunt posting inappropriate content on social media sites, including Facebook.

It is unknown whether the teenager became infected with HIV after the alleged sexual contact, KSDK reported.

"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."

He added that the HIV-related charges are especially upsetting. "The whole situation is sad and disturbing,” Ryan said.

Hunt was also a track coach at the school. The school plans to meet with all of the boys who ran track and interview them on an individual basis.

Sources: KSDK, The Riverfront Times