MOUNT CARROLL – A former Carroll County prosecutor who admitted he had improperly touched a 17-year-old victim in a child pornography case has been disbarred.
The state Supreme Court filed the disbarment order Nov. 20 against Hunter Hogan, a former assistant state's attorney. He can no longer practice the law.
Hogan, who revealed that fact on his Facebook page, said in response: "I wish I were dead."
"The Illinois Supreme Court disbarred me because they adopted the report that says I raped [the girl]," Hogan wrote. "It's the 'because' that hurts the most."
On his Hunter Thinks website, Hogan said he didn't commit a crime or an ethical violation.
"Of course, because I am ashamed of my choices, I wish that all of these events had stayed private instead of being spread to the four corners of the Internet (and like the childhood game of telephone, much of that information is wrong)," Hogan wrote.
According to the state, Hogan pursued a personal relationship with a 19-year-old woman he had prosecuted as a defendant. He also pursued a relationship with a 17-year-old victim in a child pornography case that he prosecuted on behalf of the state, public records say.
According to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Hogan's actions with the 17-year-old girl rose to the level of criminal conduct.
In early 2010, after the girl turned 17 – by Hogan's own admission – he kissed her and touched her breasts, according to public records. In Illinois, the age of consent for sexual contact is 17, although an adult with authority over a 17-year-old is barred by law from having such relations.
It's unclear whether law enforcement authorities have investigated Hogan, who is in his late 30s.
The secretary for Carroll County State's Attorney Scott Brinkmeier, who was Hogan's boss, said Tuesday that he had no comment.
Carroll County's online court records show no criminal charges against Hogan.
In June, the victim, now 20, sought an order of protection against Hogan in Whiteside County Court, according to court documents. But in an interview with Sauk Valley Media over the summer, the woman said she never sought that order. She said she knew who did, but wouldn't identify that person.
Hogan and the woman lived together for a time.
"Hunter packed up and went on a road trip," she said in the interview. "I think he's having a midlife crisis. We haven't parted ways. We're all good."
She has taken to the Internet to defend Hogan, saying the disciplinary commission has been unfair to him.
Sauk Valley Media is not printing the woman's name, because it doesn't typically identify people believed to be victims in sex crimes.
In 2009, Hogan, a Houston native, developed a close relationship with the girl and her family. The defendant's attorney thought Hogan was so close that he questioned the prosecutor's impartiality.
In response, Hogan asked his boss, Brinkmeier, to take him off the case. Brinkmeier handled it after that. Hogan later improperly touched the girl.
In early 2010, Brinkmeier found out about the accusations that Hogan was making advances toward the 19-year-old defendant. He told Hogan he must resign or be fired. Hogan, who had worked in the office since 2008, decided to quit.