Izard County man charged with sexual assault apprehended

An Izard County man, 64-year-old Gary E. Hunt of Melbourne, wanted by law enforcement on a charge of felony second-degree sexual assault has been apprehended. The charge stems from an incident allegedly involving a 17-year-old female exchange student.

A posting on the Izard County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page indicates Hunt had been located and was in custody Saturday morning.

While the probable cause affidavit in the case notes Hunt reportedly admitted to the allegations in the case to law enforcement, a spokesperson with the sheriff's department told KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot news Thursday authorities were searching for the Melbourne man.

Early last week, law enforcement was alerted to the alleged incident involving the female exchange student by a counselor for Student America International.

The charge stems from allegations of an inappropriate text from Hunt to the student. The case also involves the Melbourne man allegedly touching the teen inappropriately.

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