Illinois high school coach accused of exposing student to HIV

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Mario Hunt (photo from Stark County Jail)

A high school teacher’s aide and assistant track coach is accused of sexually abusing a student, and doing so knowing he was HIV positive.

KTVI reports Mario Hunt, 35, was placed on administrative leave from Cahokia High School after police visited the school to question Hunt on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

The school’s website showed Hunt was still listed as a staff member and track & field coach as of Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Notices were expected to go out from administrators to parents that same day.

Hunt was arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and transmission of HIV.   KTVI reports the crimes allegedly happened at the school and during school hours.

Hunt is accused of having intimate contact with a 17-year-old while the teen was a student at the school in the spring of 2011.  While he is accused of knowingly exposing the victim to HIV, it was not clear whether the victim had been infected with the virus.

Hunt was held in the Stark County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond.