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Hubbell learns her fate

One-time high school counselor pleads no contest, still faces civil suit, must register as offender

Posted: April 11, 2009 1:23 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Former high school counselor Roselyn Hubbell must register as a sex offender and faces three years of probation and 30 days of community service after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of sexual molestation, according to a court document obtained by The Signal.

Court records indicate Hubbell pleaded no contest to the charges against her on Feb. 24, five days after her last court appearance. She is due back in court April 20.

Hubbell, 33, will help Caltrans clean graffiti for her community service, according to court documents. Hubbell must stay at least 100 yards from the victim, listed in the sentencing memorandum, until his 18th birthday. Hubbell will register as a sex offender for the duration of her probation, according to a district attorney spokeswoman.

Vince Finaldi, who represents one of Hubbell's victims in a civil suit, said Hubbell got off easy.

"If you're making someone register as a sex offender, how do you let them plead no contest?" asked Vince Finaldi. "Either you do jail time or you register as a sex offender, but in either case you plead guilty."

Hubbell, a former Golden Valley High School guidance counselor, was arrested June 10, 2008, as she checked into a hotel with a male student.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed misdemeanor molestation or annoying of a child July 2, 2008. Prosecutors declined to file felony charges when the boy refused to admit to the relationship.

A second victim made allegations against Hubbell in October 2008. The D.A. declined to file additional charges based on the second victim's claim, but that didn't stop the second victim's mother from filing a lawsuit on Jan. 8. Finaldi is the lead attorney in that suit.

The mother of the second victim alleges her son had an inappropriate sexual relationship with Hubbell. The sexual encounters are alleged to have taken place in various places across Los Angeles County including a beach, shopping malls, the Golden Valley campus, Hubbell's car and inside the victim's home, according to the suit.

The lawsuit alleges Hubbell coerced the boy into smoking marijuana. The suit names the William S. Hart Union School District and alleges the school district was aware of the risk Hubbell posed to male students.

Finaldi asserts that the abuse goes beyond the physical acts allegedly committed by Hubbell.

"It's not about sex," Finaldi said. "It's about control and abuse of authority."

Hubbell was notified of the pending civil case in January and has not responded to the suit.

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