Judge Adds Former Teacher to Predatory Offender List

October 09, 2017 08:10 PM

A Chisago County judge on Monday placed former high school teacher Jon Hughes on Minnesota's Predatory Offender Registry after a crime that took place nearly 30 years ago involving a student.

Hughes had no comment as he left the courthouse in Center City Monday.

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"I'd say (his addition to the list) was important to both us and the victim," said Assistant Chisago County Attorney Erin Stephens. "I think it helped her that there would be accountability and someone was going to watch him."

RELATED: State Board Failed to Report Teachers Accused of Sexual Misconduct

When Hughes committed the crime, in 1987, Minnesota's predatory offender list did not exist. But Judge Suzanne Bollman said Monday it's applicable to him now.

Hughes, 57, was convicted in August of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct while in a position of authority.


5 EYEWITNESS NEWS compiled all of the Minnesota Board of Teaching stipulation agreements into a public database. The stipulations are public documents that detail all disciplinary actions taken against teachers dating back to the 1980s.

 


Investigators determined he repeatedly had sexual contact with a student at Rush City High School, where Hughes taught business and coached for nearly 20 years.

After he pleaded guilty this summer, Hughes apologized to the former student during an interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

"I hope she realizes that I'm sorry and that she can heal," Hughes said.

That student reported Hughes to the sheriff's office in 2014 following decades of counseling, but it wasn't the first time she had stepped forward.

RELATED: Former Chisago County Teacher Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct

Investigators learned she had earlier reported her relationship with Hughes to the Minnesota Board of Teaching back in 2000, according to a criminal complaint.

Hughes signed a stipulation agreement with the board in 2001 in which he acknowledged he engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with the student.

The board revoked Hughes' license but never shared the allegations with the sheriff's office.

In a statement, the board said its "practices did not involve sharing disciplinary action with law enforcement" at the time.

Assistant County Attorney Stephens said outside of court that justice was finally served for the former student with Hughes' conviction, which also includes 5 years' probation.

"There were just a lot of system failures that created a kind of less-than-ideal situation by the time we got the case," Stephens said.


 

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