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Former sheriff’s deputy, schools employee enters guilty plea

A former Chilton County sheriff’s deputy and schools employee entered a guilty plea on Monday to six counts of sexual abuse.

David Hubbard, 41, entered a negotiated guilty plea to rape in the second degree, four counts of a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19, and one count of enticing a child for immoral purposes, according to court records.

Hubbard was originally indicted on 47 counts including 42 felony charges and five misdemeanors.

Chilton County Circuit Judge Ben A. Fuller filed an order Tuesday setting the sentencing hearing for Hubbard at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2016.

Hubbard’s trial was scheduled to begin Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. with jury selection at the Autauga County Courthouse in Prattville.

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 were present in the courtroom for the duration of the trial from jury selection to the return of the verdicts by the jury.

A gag order was 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.

A motion was filed on Nov. 30 by Chief Deputy District Attorney C.J. Robinson for the 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office requesting Fuller lift the gag order due to Hubbard’s plea of guilt.

As of Tuesday morning, Fuller had not ruled on a decision to lift the gag order.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Fuller filed a motion lifting the gag order, according to court records.

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 Hubbard and his wife, 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.

In August, 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.

Prosecutors are recommending sentences for David Hubbard’s charges to be 20 years for the one count of rape in the second degree, 20 years for each of the four counts of a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19, and 10 years for the one count of enticing a child for immoral purposes.

All sentences would run concurrently, according to court records.

At the time of the criminal relationship, both David and Rebecca Hubbard were associated with the Chilton County School System.

David Hubbard was employed by the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Chilton County Board of Education as a 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, 2014, 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 and Rebecca Hubbard were associated with the school system.

“To testify at trial would have been another assault on these young people,” District Attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit Randall Houston said in a release. “They, and their families, wanted to ensure Hubbard would never have the opportunity to work in law enforcement again, and this will provide them with that assurance. Hubbard not only abused the power he was given when he became an officer of the law, but he abused the trust of the public, which he swore to protect and serve. I will never understand, nor tolerate this type of behavior and lack of respect.”