Police: Cahokia High boys exposed to HIV by school worker

News-DemocratMay 13, 2013 

A Cahokia teacher's aide could have spread HIV as he molested boys at Cahokia High School, police said Monday.

Mario Hunt, 35, of the 1900 block of Florence Ave., Cahokia, was charged Monday with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, and sexual transmission of HIV, Cahokia Police Lt. Dennis Plew said.

Most of the allegations involve acts that allegedly took place in the first five months of 2011 at Cahokia High School, Police Chief James Jones said. Recently, police learned there was some suspicious behavior occurring between Hunt and several other boys at the school, according to police.

"We were approached a week and a half ago by a student and his mother and asked to investigate the conduct between the suspect and several young boys. We conducted an investigation and turned the case in for review at the state's attorney's office on Friday. Our suspect was charged today," Jones said Monday.

Hunt was arrested at his home by the U.S. Marshal Service and taken to the St. Clair County Jail, where he was to be arraigned Monday afternoon.

Jones said he believed Hunt worked in Cahokia schools for more than seven years. Administrators with the district were not immediately available for comment.

Jones said there could be more victims.

"We want anyone who may have a complaint about Mr. Hunt to contact the Cahokia Police Department at 337-9505," he said.

Plew said the case was investigated by Cahokia Police Detective Sean Adams.