A former teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a female student, and now investigators are asking anyone with information about similar assaults to come forward.
Jon Michael Hughes was recently charged with third-and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct following a year-long investigation by the Chisago County Sheriff's Office, a news release says. Hughes was arraigned Wednesday on the charges, and was released pending future court dates, an updated news release says.
Hughes began teaching high school in the Rush City School District in the 1980s. He resigned from his position on Nov. 21, 2000, after a complaint was filed that he sexually abused a minor in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
FOX 9 is reporting the sexual assaults happened almost on a weekly basis when the victim, who was 14 at the time, would babysit for the Hughes family.
According to the sheriff's office, the Minnesota Board of Teaching was aware of these allegations back in September 2001, when Hughes entered into a signed stipulation with the board, acknowledging "he engaged in an inappropriate relationship" with the minor while he was a teacher.
The sheriff's office was unaware of these allegations until December 2014, when the victim came forward and filed a report of sexual abuse.
According to TommieSports.com, Hughes – a business teacher at Rush City High School – joined his family in the cat litter business in 2001. The publication says Hughes coached high school basketball before he joined the University of St. Thomas as a basketball coach in 1991. He was with the JV and then varsity team for 25 years, before retiring following the 2015-16 season.
Investigators are asking anyone who has information regarding this assault or any similar allegations to call Investigator LaLonde at 651-213-6321.