An 8th-grade science teacher at Hankins Middle School will have to face a Federal Grand Jury after a judge ruled Tuesday there was enough evidence in the child pornography case against him to move forward.
Jeremey Hunter was first arrested by Mobile County Sheriff’s deptuies in February on a misdomeaner charge of stalking a former student. During Tuesday’s preliminary hearing, a federal agent testified that the passcode on Hunters iPhone and iPad was the birth date of the student. The password on Hunter’s school log-in which he uses to record grades is the child’s name.
The agent also described details of a federal complaint that alleges an 8th-grade student texted Hunter 10 inappropriate pictures of other students. The agent said Hunter even requested to see pictures of a specific student.
Hunter’s attorney Jeff Dean pointed out that Hunter was very cooperative with authorities and offered up his password to his phone. He said Hunter did not want to engage in this activity and warned his students repeatedly about the dangers of sexting.
“He’s a school teacher. He didn’t like this activity going on either,” Dean said. “I think it[sexting] is rampent at Hankins, and it’s not the teachers doing it. It’s the students. That’s what I think.”
Hunter’s ‘no bond’ ruling on his state charges was reversed on Tuesday, but he’ll remain behind bars until a Federal judge determines whether or not he qualifies for bond for the child pornography charges. The detention hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon.