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Teacher’s sentence 10 years

By Staff | May 29, 2009

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former Shepherdstown Elementary School teacher and Jefferson High School soccer coach will likely spend the next 10 years in federal prison.

Douglas Hunt, 52, of Charles Town, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in Alexandria, Va.

Hunt pleaded guilty to sexual enticement of a minor on Feb. 27, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Hunt had an 11-year career with Jefferson County Schools, serving as an art teacher at Shepherdstown Elementary School and as boy’s varsity soccer coach at Jefferson High School for seven years.

Hunt will be required to register as a sex offender in any U.S. jurisdiction in which he lives, works or attends school. He also will be required to surrender any teaching licenses he currently holds in any state including, but not limited to, West Virginia.

On Dec. 4, 2008, Hunt was arrested after he responded to an Internet ad by an undercover detective with the Leesburg Police Department in Virginia. Police said that ultimately Hunt offered to pay the detective, who he believed to be their mother, $200 for sexual activity with two girls, ages 12 and 13.

On Dec. 4, Hunt arrived at a hotel in Leesburg, paid the undercover detective and obtained a hotel room key for the room where the young girls were allegedly waiting. Hunt was subsequently arrested on his way to the hotel room.

On Jan. 12, Hunt was suspended without pay by the Jefferson County Board of Education, and later terminated from his job.

The investigation was conducted by the Leesburg Police Department, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department in Virginia and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office. The case was prosecuted in the Eastern District of Virginia by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCormack from the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice.