For Immediate Release
June 2, 2021
A former Northland high school coach has pleaded guilty to eight felony counts for sex with a former high school student in Holden, MO, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Joshua D. Hood, dob: 1/11/1977, pleaded guilty to five counts of Statutory Sodomy 2nd Degree, two counts of Statutory Rape 2nd Degree and one count of Child Molestation 2nd Degree.
As part of a plea agreement, Hood was sentenced to five years Suspended Execution of Sentence Probation. Hood could serve four years in prison for violating probation. He also agreed to surrender his teaching certificate.
Hood was a high school coach in Holden, MO, in 2003-04, he allegedly had multiple sexual encounters with a high school student under the age of 17; as a result, today, multiple sex crimes were filed by the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today. More recently, he has been a high school coach in the Park Hill School District.
According to court records filed today, in April 2020, the Missouri Highway Patrol opened an investigation into allegations from a victim that she had been the victim of sexual offenses at a variety of locations in Jackson County, MO, in 2003 and 2004. She identified the offender as Joshua D. Hood. The victim told Missouri Highway Patrol investigators that Hood had engaged in sexual intercourse and other sexual acts when she was less than 17 years old, in the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2004. The defendant was then a teacher and a coach at Holden High School and about 26 or 27 years old.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Erin Hunt prosecuted the case on behalf of the state of Missouri.
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Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
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*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.