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WDKX.com » Blog » Teacher's Aide Accused Of Sexually Abusing Boy, 17, Now Charged With 'Giving Him HIV'
May 15th 2013 6:17 am
Teacher's Aide Accused Of Sexually Abusing Boy, 17, Now Charged With 'Giving Him HIV'
by News

A teacher's aide accused of sexually assault at least one high school boy may have also give that boy HIV.

Mario Hunt, 35, had been a teacher's aide in Cahokia, Illinois for seven years when police pulled him out of Cahokia Senior High School Wednesday for questioning.

Hunt, who is HIV positive, was then suspended and has since been charged with sexually abusing a student and possibly transmitting HIV to the victim.

Also unclear is just how many victims Hunt may have had.
The teacher's aide was also reportedly a track coach at the high school, which likely gave him ample time to interact with students.

Asked about potential fault on the part of the school, which failed to detect the longtime employee's behavior, school superintendent Art Ryan told KMOV his officials protect students from such harm every way they can, but some criminals aren't easily detected.

'We can't be following every single employee every minute of every day, you just have to hope that between our screening processes, that things like that don't happen.'

Ryan was unaware of Hunt's HIV status until he was alerted to it by reporters Monday.

'I'm shocked by that,' he said. 'I've not seen any reports about the charges being filed or anything of that nature...with HIPA laws and so on, you know, people who are not compelled to share any situations they might have with their employers.'

Hunt was arrested by U.S. Marshals at his home Monday. He is currently being held on $300,000 bond on charges of criminal sexual abuse, sriminal sexual assault, and sexual transmission of HIV.