Guilty plea entered for former deputy’s wife

Published 3:52 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The wife of a former Chilton County deputy who faced multiple charges for allegedly committing sex crimes involving minors entered a guilty plea on Aug. 26 to five counts of sexual abuse.

Rebecca Hubbard, 36, entered a negotiated guilty plea to two counts of rape in the second degree, one count of enticing a child for immoral purposes, one count of a school employee having sexual contact with a student less than 19, and one count of a school employee committing a sexual act with a student less than 19, according to court records.

Chilton County Circuit Judge Ben A. Fuller filed an order on Aug. 31 accepting the plea agreement, and ordered that Rebecca Hubbard’s adjudication of guilt be withheld at this time. The order also states a sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date, possibly after the trial of Hubbard’s husband David Hubbard, who faces charges related to the same alleged crimes.

Fuller also ordered a change of venue for further court proceedings involving David Hubbard, 41, and scheduled his trial to begin Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. with jury selection at the Autauga County Courthouse in Prattville, according to court records.

Fuller ordered David Hubbard be housed at the Autauga Metro Jail during the week of the trial, and the Chilton County Sheriff should ensure that no less than two Chilton County deputies are present in the courtroom for the duration of the trial from jury selection to the return of the verdicts by the jury.

A gag ordered has been issued in the case by Fuller on June 18.

The four-page order from Fuller outlined specific restrictions for public comments made about the case by the parties involved in the matter.

Currently, David Hubbard faces a total of 47 charges including 42 felony charges and five misdemeanors.

The charges came after a June 19, 2014, 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.

The wreck was the initial link to David and Rebecca Hubbard.

After an investigation into the wreck, David and Rebecca Hubbard were arrested in July 2014 and 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 were released, other minors came forward and alleged that they had also been subjected to inappropriate and illegal contact with David and Rebecca Hubbard.

The two were indicted by a special grand jury in Chilton County held in November 2014 on 77 total charges.

Both remain in jail, where David Hubbard’s bond is set at $881,000 and Rebecca Hubbard’s bond is set at $685,000, according to court records.