Student sues HIV-infected former teaching aide

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A former southwestern Illinois teaching assistant already facing criminal charges that he molested a special-needs student while infected with HIV is being sued by another male student.

The federal lawsuit filed in East St. Louis on behalf of the student, identified only as “John Doe,” accuses Mario Hunt of sexual misconduct.

It also accuses the Cahokia School District and its curriculum chief of negligence for allegedly failing to safeguard the student.

Hunt was charged in May with felony counts of criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and transmitting HIV through intimate contact.

Authorities allege those counts relate to intimate contact he had with a special-needs student in 2011, when the student was 17.

The district’s superintendent is deferring comment about the lawsuit, saying he hasn’t yet seen it.

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