Hankins Middle School teacher enters “not guilty” plea in child porn case

Moments after her son entered a not guilty plea for receiving child pornography. Jeremy Hunter’s mother exited the Federal Courthouse Wednesday afternoon and defended his innocence.

“He’s been in jail for 50 days for something he didn’t do. Now they are keeping him in here. His job’s at stake. And they are just making it up as they go. They are just making this evidence up as they go,” said Mary Hunter.

The Hankins Middle School teacher was initially arrested for stalking a student back in February. He would also later be charged with tampering with evidence. Last Friday, the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office decided to noelle prossed those charges — simply dismissing and not prosecuting at this time. However, they could decide to prosecute at a later date.

“That was just a ruse to get him in jail… They didn’t have any evidence,” said Mary. “How can you stalk someone when that person comes and picks you up and takes you out to eat? And texting is a two way deal.”

Hunter is now facing charges of receiving child pornography after investigators say they found several photos of nude boys on his cell phone sent from one of his middle school students.

The prosecution also believes Hunter was obsessed with one of the boys, even trying to pursue a romantic relationship.

“Jeremy is not like that. That’s just not his nature. He just cares about his students,” said Mary. “I think he put himself in a bad position because he cares too much about his students. He tried to help this boy.”

Mary went on to say that her son also did not send sexually explicit texts to any students.

“They rearranged the texts and made them sound worse than they were. Because I’ve seen… Jeff Deen has read them to me… It’s not what they’re saying they said,” said Mary.

Mary says you can’t control what people text you.

“These kids think sending these nude pictures is a joke. Jeremy explained to several of his classes, when you take them pictures on your phone and you think it’s funny and it’s not a joke. You can get in serious trouble for this. And they have took it and turned it all around,” said Mary.

While Hunter’s attorney Jeff Deen says he hasn’t seen all of the prosecution’s evidence, he’s already building his defense.

“So if somebody sends you something. Does that make you guilty of some sort of sex crime – when you don’t even want it? So I think that is going to probably be the issue in the case. And if it is something he asked people to send him — then that’s a problem. But if somebody just sent it to him… I think he has defense,” said Deen.

Hunter remains in the Baldwin County Jail with no bond. Meanwhile, in accepting his not guilty plea, the judge set trial in June. However, Deen does not believe they’ll be ready to go to trial by that time.

Source: http://www.wbrc.com/story/31718448/hankins-middle-school-teacher-enters-not-guilty-plea-in-child-porn-case