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Bullitt East coach resigns after arrest on domestic violence charge

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John Hunt (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center) John Hunt (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)

MOUNT WASHINGTON, KY (WAVE) - A special education teacher has resigned his position as head basketball coach at Bullitt East High School following his arrest on assault and child endangerment charges, according to the school's principal.

The wife of John Hunt, 38, told police she came home from work on Tuesday to find her husband watching her children while drunk. Hunt's arrest report indicates his wife asked him to leave and he followed her into the yard where she told the children to call the police. Hunt's wife said her husband left after grabbing, pushing and choking her multiple times within close proximity of the children.

A short time later, Hunt entered the house through the back door and went upstairs with the rest of the family, according to the arrest report. Police said they arrived on the scene and determined that Hunt was severely intoxicated after consuming a large amount of wine and that his wife suffered bruising on one arm.

Police said Hunt endangered the welfare of the children by watching them in his intoxicated state and because of the physical altercation with his wife.

He is charged with 4th degree assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. He entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday and is free on $2,000 bond.

Hunt will remain a special education teacher at Bullitt East because the charges are not related to his performance at school and the allegations have not been substantiated, said Eric Farris, an attorney for Bullitt County Public Schools. Farris said the district will continue to monitor the case as it proceeds.

Thursday night, Principal Willie Foster held about a five-minute meeting with basketball players and parents to explain the situation. Dozens of people attended.

"I think it says that young people are very important in this community," Foster said. "We are a community school, and we're gonna get through this."

Most parents declined to comment after the meeting. Rick Troutman, whose son is a senior basketball player, said he's friends with Hunt and his wife.

"Everybody just needs to let everything run its course," Troutman said. "The focus needs to be on praying for them because it's a tough time."

Hunt was named head basketball coach at Bullitt East in June. Troy Barr, the former coach who was promoted to athletic director in May, will serve as interim coach. Foster said he expected to find a permanent replacement within ten to 15 days.

"Finding another good coach is the least of my worries," Troutman said. "Right now, you worry about the kids -- being that age, it's the first time they've had a curveball thrown at them." 

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