After sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl, a 26 years old offender is sentenced to a Los Angeles County youth facility.
The 26 years old transgender Hannah Tubbs, formerly known as James was pleaded guilty in 2020 after she sexually assaulted the young girl in Denny’s bathroom in 2014 when she was 17. This is after LA County District Attorney George Gascón declined to file a motion to move the case out of juvenile court, where it was filed because of Tubbs’ age at the time of the offense.
Tubbs was arrested for an unrelated crime in 2019 at which time her DNA was put into a national database. It was that DNA that allowed investigators to identify and charge Tubbs with the earlier sexual assault. Tubbs was arrested and charged with molestation in 2021.
L.A. Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami, assigned to the Complex Child Abuse Unit, told Fox News Digital:
“Tubbs is 26 years old. Unlike George Gascon’s false narrative, she is not a ‘kid,'”
“There was evidence presented at the juvenile proceedings which showed that Tubbs sexually assaulted two young girls in different incidents in the past. The child victims will suffer lifelong trauma. Tubbs also has prior violent convictions and conduct as an adult.”
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The violent crime happened just before her 18th birthday, and Tubbs remained free of charges until the DNA match.
The case was prosecuted in juvenile court and was not transferred to adult court due to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s policy that states juveniles won’t be prosecuted as adults. A juvenile judge sentenced Tubbs to two years in a juvenile facility.
A judge gave a 26yo who molested 10yo girl in 2014 2-years in Juvenile facility. Judge: his hands are tied because LA County DA Gascon will not try the then 17yo as adult. James Tubbs does NOT have to register as sex offender. Could be 8-12 years if tried as adult. @KFIAM640 pic.twitter.com/HBVcFdHFo7
— Corbin Carson (@CorbinCarson) January 27, 2022
“You have a violent sexual predator sentenced to two years in a juvenile facility,” said Deputy District Attorney Shea Sanna after the hearing. “It doesn’t change the fact that the public is safer, but we just preferred Tubbs to be with other adults and not prey on others.”
Judge Mario Barrera had been offered the option, from the sheriff’s department, to order Tubbs into the county jail, but he decided his hands were tied and he did not have that option.
Kathryn Barger, of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, said Tubbs would be housed in isolation, “separated by sight and sound from the other juveniles.”
Aside from the assault case, she’s facing, Tubbs also has an arrest record for battery, drugs, and probation violations, and was charged with the assault after being identified by DNA collected after a criminal case in Idaho.
Hatami explained, “Because of George Gascon’s blanket policy against transferring any juvenile to adult court, even if the 17-year-old rapes or murders an innocent child, James Tubbs will not have to register as a sex offender, will not spend any time in county jail or state prison, will be 26 and housed with juveniles for a very short period of time, and will be released with no probation or parole monitoring. The victims will get no justice. The public will get no safety.”