A Baldwin County jury took just 15 minutes to acquit a former Baldwin County school teacher charged with multiple sex crimes against one of his students. Daniel Hamilton was arrested in February of 2018 after investigators said he had sexual relations with a 12-year-old student in his classroom. Hamilton spoke out Friday, May 17, 2019, a day after the jury’s unanimous verdict.
“This process has been traumatic for myself and my family. It’s going to be difficult to right the wrongs inflicted through this in a way that I can make a living for my family and just deal with the public,” Hamilton said.
Fifteen months after his arrest and a three-day trial, the jury deliberated just 15 minutes before coming back with a unanimous not-guilty verdict on all charges. Danny Hamilton’s defense attorney, John Beck stood with his client as he addressed the verdict and what he and his family have been through over the last 15 months.
“I was elated,” Hamilton said of the verdict. “It was definitely vindication that the jury came back so quickly. As the jurors walked by me on the way out, every one of them either shook my hand or hugged my neck and told me that they knew early in the process that I was innocent of the charges.”
Hamilton went on to thank the parents and student who stood by him and prayed for him through the process.
“So many of the parents and students, former students have reached out to me,” Hamilton said. “They really have been a strength through this in telling me, ‘You taught my daughter. You taught my son. I know you. I know you could not have done this.’”
Hamilton had worked for the Baldwin County School System for 18 years and was a history teacher at Baldwin County Middle School at the time of his arrest. He hopes to teach again, but first plans to focus on rebuilding his family. Defense attorney, John Beck said they will also be exploring legal options.
“He certainly has some options available to him and we’re going to be looking at those options…legal options because I think there’s some accountability that needs to be had,” Beck explained.
Because of the possibility of further legal action, the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on camera about the jury’s decision, but did say that while it’s not happy with the outcome, they respect the jury’s decision.