Illinois Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault & Transmission of HIV

by on September 23, 2013

35-year-old Mario Hunt, who taught and coached boys’ track and girls’ volleyball at Cahokia High School in Cahokia, Illinois, was arrested in May and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, sexual assault, and transmission of HIV.

Hunt was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old male student in 2011, exposing the teen to HIV when, allegedly, Hunt knew he carried the virus. The accusations were brought forward by the teen’s mother, who reportedly found inappropriate text messages between her son and Hunt. According to police, additional victims have also come forward.

Can I be charged with transmitting HIV in Arizona?

Though an individual cannot face criminal prosecution for transmitting HIV alone, such an action may result in additional and separate criminal charges, such as endangerment. In most cases, a person’s medical records are confidential and there are laws protecting individuals from being required to release such information, especially when considering communicable diseases.

However, according to A.R.S. 36-665, no court or administrative body may issue an order for the disclosure of or a search warrant for communicable disease related information except when provided by this section. An order for disclosure may be issued on an application showing any of the following:

  1. A clear and imminent danger to a person whose life or health may unknowingly be at significant risk as a result of contact with the person to whom the information pertains.
  2. A compelling need for disclosure of the information for the adjudication of a criminal, civil, or administrative hearing.
  3. A clear and imminent danger to a person or to public health or a compelling need requiring disclosure of the communicable disease related information.

Sex Crimes & HIV in AZ

If the prosecution can prove that an offender knew they were carrying the HIV virus when they committed a sex crime, such as sexual assault, and thereby knowingly exposed their victim, the charges against the defendant are likely to be increased significantly. Furthermore, if the prosecution has any inclination that the defendant carries the HIV virus, they will likely submit an application for disclosure of communicable diseases and will attempt to use such information against the offender in court.

If you were accused of a sex crime in Arizona, it is critical that you retain experienced legal representation. The sex crime defense attorneys at JacksonWhite can help protect your rights in court and will work tirelessly to minimize your penalties. Get an advocate you can trust today—dial 480-818-9943 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with compassionate JacksonWhite sex crime lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.

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