Daniel Erik Hubbard-Wilson (Courtesy of Ramsey County sheriff)
A coach at Visitation School in Mendota Heights has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after having sex with one of his students, a 15-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint.
The Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Daniel Erik Hubbard Wilson, 27, on Monday, alleging that he first became sexually involved with the girl in September 2013.
The girl gave police the names of three other young women with whom Wilson said he had been romantically involved. Details about the others were not provided in the complaint.
Wilson sent a text message to the girl’s father Friday, saying, “I fell in love with her so tremendously and I never should have at this time.”
He continued, writing, “But please, my whole life would be destroyed … I could never get a job or move on and go back to grad school.” He wanted a chance to “reinvent” himself and learn from the mistake, he said.
The father petitioned for a harassment restraining order against Wilson on behalf of his daughter Sept. 26, saying Wilson was “obsessed” with the girl.
The father included in the petition other text messages. Wilson referred to his actions as bad “timing,” referring to the girl’s age. He begged for a meeting to talk with her father, “whether you have a baseball bat or I get hit or slapped 100 times.”
The head of school at Visitation confirmed in a written statement Monday that Wilson had coached there since August 2010. He was placed on leave Sept. 23 after concerns were raised about an inappropriate relationship with a minor, Dawn Nichols said.
He resigned the next day, citing “family reasons,” Nichols said.
Wilson also coached the last three spring seasons at Highland Park Senior High in the St. Paul Public School District, and officials there received no complaints about him, spokeswoman Toya Stewart Downey said. Hiring has yet to take place for spring 2015, she said, but “(i)t seems very unlikely that he would be hired again to coach” in St. Paul schools.
In an online blog, which has since been removed, Wilson said that he also coaches at Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota and at Powderhorn Park with the Minneapolis parks department. He attended South High School in Minneapolis, he said. He is also a certified personal trainer.
According to the complaint:
The father of the victim confronted her last month about a relationship he suspected she was having with her coach. She confirmed the relationship was sexual.
It began when she made arrangements to visit his St. Paul home after homecoming in 2013. After cuddling on his bed and watching a movie, they began kissing, she told police. Over the next several weeks, the contact progressed to digital and oral sex on “multiple occasions” before her 16th birthday.
After she turned 16, they engaged in intercourse and talked about the fact that he could go to jail for what he was doing.
The girl told her “five best friends” about the relationship, “but she did not think that her friends would ever tell anyone about the information they had learned,” the complaint said.
When police tried Saturday to question Wilson, he asked for an attorney and the interview ended.
As a St. Paul police investigator was gathering his files, Wilson said, “I love her, and I know I can’t get into much else, but … I … I did, and …,” according to the complaint.
Wilson was charged with first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He made a court appearance and was being held late Monday afternoon at the Ramsey County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Visitation School followed the law regarding reporting abuse of a minor, the head of school said.
Emily Gurnon can be reached at 651-228-5522.