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Counselor escapes charges in alleged sex case

Golden Valley High staffer accused of having sexual relationship with student

Posted: October 29, 2008 8:34 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Prosecutors declined to file felony child molestation charges against Golden Valley High School Head Counselor Roselyn Hubbell, who allegedly had sexual relationships with two male students.

 
Prosecutors declined to file felony child molestation charges against a former high school counselor who allegedly had sexual relationships with two male students.

“We don’t feel that there is sufficient evidence to meet our filing standards at this time,” Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary said.

Former Golden Valley High School Head Counselor Roselyn Hubbell, 33, faced felony charges after deputies arrested her in June attempting to check into a San Fernando Valley hotel with a Golden Valley student who she counseled.

She resigned but — after the boy refused to testify against her — prosecutors reduced felony charges to one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18.

Hubbell is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 19 to face the misdemeanor charge in connection with that student.

The mother of another student, a then-14-year-old boy who says he was molested by Hubbell in 2007, expected new charges to be filed based on her son’s recent statements to detectives.

However, the District Attorney’s Office determined this week not to file additional charges.

“I want to ask the D.A. to open a new investigation — I’m not going to leave it like this,” the mother said. “I don’t know if they will listen to me, but I am going to keep fighting to get justice for my son.”

The Signal is withholding the name of the now-16-year-old boy and his mother to protect their identities.

When the Canyon Country mother first learned of an alleged sexual relationship between her son and his high school counselor, she immediately contacted authorities and spent the next 18 months attempting to convince her child to come forward and talk to detectives, she said.

The boy told his mother that he loved Hubbell and didn’t want her to go to jail, she said.

But in August he finally spoke to investigators.

“What my son says is the truth. It took him a long time to talk, but he is telling the truth,” the mother said.

The alleged victim’s mother filed a claim against the William S. Hart Union High School District in August for “sexual harassment, molestation and abuse” her son allegedly suffered at the hands of Hubbell between January and September 2007.

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