Driving instructor facing sex offense comes to a plea in court
The defendant, 67-year-old Dan Paul Hunter of Heber, pled no contest to two counts of Sexual Battery, each one a Class A Misdemeanor.
Under the plea in abeyance process, Hunter’s conviction will be held up—in this case for two years—and charges will be dropped if he complies with the conditions set by the court.
According to court documents, a student under 18 had a lesson last April with the defendant, who’s known as “Driver Dan.” She said she had asked that other students be present for the lesson, but found out that day the session would be private.
She said that Hunter touched her improperly during the lesson, as he adjusted the steering wheel and instructed her on turning. He also made comments that made her uncomfortable, such as saying that her ex-boyfriend was a lucky guy.
The court on November 1st ordered Hunter to pay $720 in restitution, complete any recommended treatment after a psychosexual evaluation, and have no one-on-one contact with minors.
KPCW contacted Hunter’s defense attorney for comment, but we have not heard back at this time. Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson declined comment.