Ryan said a parent reported earlier this month to school administrators that her son had suspicious text and Facebook exchanges with Hunt. As the district was investigating that, the mother also went to the village’s police, who interviewed Hunt last week, Ryan and Plew said.
Without identifying the teenager, the criminal complaint alleges Hunt “holds a position of trust, authority or supervision” over him. Ryan said he was uncertain whether the teenager had been a student in the special-needs classroom Hunt assisted or if the young man was the son of the mother who originally complained. Either way, Ryan said, privacy laws preclude him from divulging any link between the teen and Hunt.
Hunt, who also served as the high school’s boy’s assistant track coach and athletic trainer, remains on the district’s payroll, pending a June 10 meeting where the school board will consider his employment status, Ryan said.
Ryan said Hunt frequently has helped with prom and homecoming events and that “all of the kids certainly seemed to like him.”
“You always think something like this isn’t going to happen here and we’d be able to see something, but it’s just so tough to know,” Ryan said. “Realistically, what can you do?
“It’s hard to tell what’s going on in people’s hearts and minds.”