Case involving former sheriff’s deputy, teacher headed to grand jury

Published 5:33 pm Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The case involving a former Chilton County sheriff’s deputy and teacher facing charges related to sexual and other misconduct with underage students will head to a grand jury in February.

David Hubbard, 40, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in front of Chilton County Circuit Judge Ben A. Fuller.

Elizabeth Hilyer Ginsburg, the attorney representing Hubbard, waived his case to a grand jury, which will meet again in February 2015.

A bond reduction hearing was also held Wednesday morning where Hubbard’s legal representation requested Fuller reduce Hubbard’s bond which is currently set at about $1 million.

Hubbard’s lawyer told Fuller Hubbard has “ties to the community,” he was not a flight risk, and he was unable to make his bond.

Prosecutors from the 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office told Fuller they were opposed to any reduction in the bond due to several factors including the fact Hubbard could be a danger to the community and himself.

Prosecutors also told Fuller there could be three additional victims who have come forward in the case, resulting in Hubbard facing additional charges.

During the hearing, Hubbard sat next to his lawyer wearing a black and white striped jail jumpsuit, appearing unshaven, with chains around his wrists and ankles.

Hubbard, and his wife, Rebecca Hubbard, 35, were arrested on 87 charges July 29, including

facilitating the travel of a child for an unlawful sex act, school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under 19, second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, enticing a child for immoral purposes, school employee having sexual conduct with a student under 19 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Prosecutors told Fuller that during the time the crimes occurred, Hubbard was a deputy with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department and School Resource Officer who was supposed to be “protecting the community.”

Fuller asked Hubbard’s lawyer what she suggested as a reasonable bond for Hubbard.

Ginsburg told Fuller $500,000, and Hubbard would be monitored.

Fuller did not immediately rule on his decision regarding Hubbard’s bond on Wednesday.