Teacher takes stand in own defense

July 22 09:10 2016 Print This Article

Deliberations continue Friday morning at 9

The former Hankins Middle School teacher who is accused of receiving child pornography took the stand in his own defense Thursday. Jeremy Hunter explained away his different inappropriate comments and requests to see naked photos in his text exchanges with two 8th grade students.

Hunter said sexting was widespread at Hankins Middle School, and he was concerned students on his cheerleading squad were sending images of themselves. He said he asked the students for pictures to verify the rumors.

But prosecutors fired back during cross examination pointing out that Hunter never reported what he found to authorities or let parents know about his concerns.

His attorney Jeff Deen called the case against his client “stupid” and in closing arguments showed an image of the statue of David to jurors saying images of genitalia are not pornography. Most of the images sent to Hunter were of male genitalia. One image was a full body nude.

“Do you really expect the jury to buy that he’s innocently trying to collect these images in an investigation?” asked Local 15’s Andrea Ramey.

“Look these images are all over the place. Pictures of kids you teach. You coach in cheerleading, and he’s just trying to say who, where are they coming from? And the ones he got he didn’t pay much attention to. It’s stupid. This case shouldn’t be in federal court,” replied Deen.

Jury deliberations continue Friday at 9 am.

 

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