Police say Chambersburg woman used runaway girls in prostitution ring

October 02, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg woman was charged this week with prostituting two teenage runaways she kept in her home in August, and more charges against other people could be forthcoming, according to the Chambersburg Police Department.

Cindy Lee Hubbard, 31, of 61 S. Franklin St., was charged with two counts each of sexual exploitation of children, a second-degree felony; promoting prostitution, a third-degree felony; and corruption of minors, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was arraigned Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter and jailed on $100,000 bond.

The girls, ages 15 and 17, had run away from the Mountain Valley Center, an agency that takes in juveniles placed by the courts or Children and Youth Services, Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said. The girls ran away from the center July 25, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

From Aug. 1 to 4, the girls stayed at Hubbard's home, where men paid Hubbard $30 to $40 to have oral sex with the girls and $50 to $60 for sexual intercourse, police said. The 15-year-old told police she had sex with 15 to 17 men during the three-day period.


Hubbard gave the girls a place to stay, clothing, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and condoms, and while she did not hold them against their will, she told them not to leave the house during the day because police might see them, the affidavit stated.

On Aug. 4, police were told that the 17-year-old was at an address in the 200 block of Lincoln Way West and that a 16-year-old boy had come to the house to take the girl back to Hubbard's house. When the girl said she did not want to go, the boy became agitated and said, "you're taking our ... money, she has to go with us," according to police.

The girls told police that they began staying with Hubbard, an adult male and the boy on July 31. The next day, Hubbard told the girls they needed to earn some money and encouraged them to engage in sexual acts for money. Hubbard, the man and the boy then solicited men, with Hubbard taking in $200 to $300 a day, police said.

"This is a continuing investigation and there is reference to an adult male in the affidavit," Kelso said. More people could be charged as police conduct further interviews, she said.

Any men who had sex with the children could be charged as their identities become known, Kelso said.

Hubbard's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7.

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