Visitation School coach suspended prior to sexual misconduct charges


Daniel Hubbard-Wilson

St. Paul man accused of having sex with female student, 16

Less than two weeks after a Convent of the Visitation School coach was suspended due to a suspected inappropriate relationship with a minor, the St. Paul man has been accused of criminal sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old female student.

Daniel Erik Hubbard-Wilson, 27, is facing charges of first-degree criminal sexual misconduct and third-degree criminal sexual misconduct, both felonies, according to court documents filed in Ramsey County District Court on Oct. 6.

The charges claim Hubbard-Wilson had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old when he was more than four years older than her and "in a position of authority over the victim," calling for the greater charge.

Hubbard-Wilson was suspended from his position at the Mendota Heights school Sept. 23, "after concerns were raised about an inappropriate relationship with a minor," according to a statement Dawn Nichols, head of school, sent to the Review.

He had been a tennis coach at Visitation since Aug. 27, 2010, and resigned Sept. 24, citing "family reasons," Nichols said.

She said school officials made a "mandatory report" to the state related to the concerns.

"Visitation School holds the safety and health of its students as its highest priority, and will continue to cooperate fully with authorities," she said.

Sexual relationship began last fall

According to the complaint, Hubbard-Wilson met the girl in 2012, but their relationship was platonic until the fall of 2013.

Immediately after Homecoming, they allegedly met at the man's St. Paul home and kissed for the first time, when the girl was 15.

Over the next several weeks, they reportedly engaged in sexual acts, including oral sex and digital penetration. The complaint said they had intercourse after the girl turned 16.

In interviews with police, the girl said she and Hubbard-Wilson discussed that their relationship was against the law due to their age difference. She said she told her "five best friends" about the relationship, but that she didn't think they would ever tell anyone about it.

The student also disclosed the names of three other young females "with whom Hubbard-Wilson had indicated he had been romantically involved."

In late September, the girl's father confronted his daughter about his suspicion that she and her coach were in an "inappropriate relationship," the complaint said.

Investigators reported Hubbard-Wilson sent a text message to the girl's father Oct. 3. It allegedly said, "I fell in love with her so tremendously and I never should have (at) this time.

"But please, my whole life would be destroyed, registering, probation, doing time, I have two sisters I love dearly that I could never see, I could never get a job or move on and go back to grad school."

He reportedly added in the messages, "I feel terrible and desperately wanted (a) chance to re-invent myself learning from this mistake," according to the complaint.

For the more severe charge, first-degree sexual misconduct, often referred to as statutory rape, Hubbard-Wilson faces up to 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

Convent of the Visitation School, a private Catholic School, has co-ed enrollment from preschool through sixth grade, and all-girl classes in grades 7-12.

Kaitlyn Roby can be reached at 651-748-7815 and kroby@lillienews.com. Follow her at twitter.com/KRobyNews.

 

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