Former deputy, wife face 87 more chargesBy Staff Reports Published 4:59pm Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A former Chilton County Sheriff’s deputy and schools employee, and his wife, were arrested Tuesday on 87 combined charges involving the victimization of minors.
David Hubbard, 40, and Rebecca Hubbard, 35, of Chilton County, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of facilitating the travel of a child for an unlawful sex act, school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under 19, rape in the second degree, sodomy in the second degree, enticing a child for immoral purposes, school employee having sexual contact with a student under 19 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a press release from C.J. Robinson with the 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office.
David Hubbard faces 45 charges, and Rebecca Hubbard faces 44 charges, all of which range from Class A felonies to Class A misdemeanors.
Tuesday’s arrests and charges follow the couple’s arrests on July 16, when they were first charged with sexual contact with a student under the age of 19 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
As news of the initial charges was released, other students came forward and disclosed that they had also been subjected to inappropriate and illegal contact with both David Hubbard and Rebecca Hubbard.
The most recent arrests occurred after four victims were discovered as a result of a joint investigation between the Clanton Police Department, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department and the 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation initially began after the June 19 wreck on Alabama Highway 145 near Jefferson State Community College in Clanton, which involved three vehicles and resulted in the death of an Alabaster man and two others being hospitalized.
Investigators, in trying to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor to the wreck, discovered information that led to David Hubbard’s and Rebecca Hubbard’s arrests for supplying alcohol to an underage female the day before the wreck.
Officials could not confirm the underage female was involved in the wreck due to a separate ongoing criminal investigation.
As the investigation continued, evidence of inappropriate and illegal contact between a student and both David Hubbard and Rebecca Hubbard was disclosed.
At the time of the criminal relationship, both David Hubbard and Rebecca Hubbard were associated with the Chilton County Board of Education.
David Hubbard was employed by the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Chilton County Board of Education as teacher of a class at the LeCroy Career Technical Center geared toward students who were interested in becoming law enforcement officers.
He had previously served as the Chilton County School Resource Officer.
David Hubbard resigned from the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department on June 1 to pursue a full-time position teaching at the LeCroy Career Technical Center.
Rebecca Hubbard was employed as a substitute teacher by the Chilton County Board of Education at the time of the relationship.
All the charged offenses occurred over the last two years, during which David Hubbard and Rebecca Hubbard were associated with the Board of Education.
No court date has been set yet, but David Hubbard and Rebecca Hubbard will appear in court soon, the release said.
Their bond is set at about $1 million.
Chief Deputy District Attorney C.J. Robinson praised the investigating agencies for their cooperation throughout the process.
“There are no winners here, but I am proud of the diligence and resolve of the investigation officers,” Robinson said in the release. “They have worked tirelessly to uncover the truth.
“The further we dug in this case, the deeper and darker the facts became. I hope we have found all there is to find. If there are more victims out there, please know that you are not alone and coming forward is the right thing to do.
“The trust of this community has been betrayed. We have good people in Chilton County who have devoted their lives to being the best law enforcement officers and teachers they can be. Bringing those responsible for these sickening acts to justice is the first step in rebuilding the trust of the public.”