Rookie teacher: Hunter Day, 22, a first-year chemistry teacher at an Oklahoma high school, has been charged with rape after allegedly having sex with a student
A married high school chemistry teacher from Oklahoma has been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly having sex with a male student.
Hunter Day, 22, was formally charged last Wednesday in Canadian County with rape and soliciting sex with a minor by use of technology, according to court records.
Day, who worked at Yukon High School, was arrested on November 15 in a sting operation carried about by Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies.
The investigation into Day’s conduct was prompted by a complaint from local parents who had come to suspect that the teacher was having an illicit sexual relationship with their son.
The teenager’s family brought his cell phone to the sheriff’s office and asked for a forensic review of its contents. The parents told investigators they had already discovered text messages and nude photos stored on the device, and were concerned Day had already had sex with their son.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the forensic examination of the phone has that Day and her student had had sexual intercourse, and that the pair had made plans to meet at her house on the afternoon of November 15 for another sexual encounter.
Armed with the knowledge of the upcoming rendezvous, investigators used the victim’s phone to contact Day while pretending to be her underage lover, according to officials, and asked the 22-year-old married teacher if the meeting was still on.
Come-hither look: When deputies came to arrest Day during a sting operation, the married teacher met them wearing this Christmas-themed cat T-shirt and workout shorts
Day was hired about a month ago to teach chemistry at Yukon High School, where her husband works as a football coach
Day replied ‘yes,’ and urged the student to hurry up and get to her residence before her husband got home from work, the news released stated.
The woman’s husband is also her colleague at Yukon High School, where he coaches football.
Upon arriving at her home, deputies sent Day a text messages that read, ‘I’m here,’ to which the teacher replied, ‘the doors unlocked as usual.’
TV star: Day’s arrest comes just over a month after the station News9 interviewed her about her decision to get an emergency certification to teach science
Law enforcement officials then opened the door and found the 22-year-old sitting on the living room floor with the lights turned off, candles lit, and wearing a Christmas-themed T-shirt featuring a cat in a Santa Claus hat and workout shorts.
When deputies informed Day about the purpose of their visit, she reportedly admitted to having an illegal sexual relationship with her student.
She also confessed to the deputies that she had sent the boy photos of herself dressed in a bra and panties, and that she had received images of the teenager’s genitals.
‘This is a classic case of a serious breach of public trust. School teachers are entrusted to protect and educate our children, not to engage in an unlawful sexual relationship with them,’ Canadian County Sheriff Chris West. ‘I’m no longer surprised by the people who commit these crimes, because predators come from all walks of life.’
Day was taken into custody and booked into the Canadian County jail on preliminary counts of second-degree rape, possession of child pornography and soliciting sex from a minor using technology. Her bond was set at $85,000.
Day’s arrest comes just over a month after the station News9 interviewed her about her decision to get an emergency certification to teach science at Yukon High School.
Day confessed to the deputies that she had sent the victim photos of herself dressed in a bra and panties, and that she had received images of the teenager’s genitals
A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Day said she had been on track to go to medical school, but had a change of heart a couple of months prior and decided to try her hand at teaching, saying she ‘wanted to have more family time.’
In anticipation of her debut as a high school chemistry teacher, Day told the news outlet she was nervous that students would not take her seriously because of her youth.
When News9 checked in with Day this month, she gushed about how much she enjoys teaching.
‘I definitely see teaching as something I could do forever which is not something I would have said six months ago,’ she said at the time.