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Chambersburg woman charged with sexual exploitation of children in prostitution case

October 08, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A preliminary hearing for a woman charged with prostitution-related offenses involving two teenage runaways was continued Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court while a man charged in the case remains at large, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

Candy Lee Hubbard, 31, of 61 S. Franklin St., is charged with two counts each of felony sexual exploitation of children, misdemeanor promoting prostitution and misdemeanor corruption of minors. Hubbard remains in Franklin County Jail on $100,000 bond, according to an official at the jail.

Charged with two counts of corruption of minors is Gregory Ramos, 49, of the same address, according to a criminal complaint filed with Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter's office. Assistant District Attorney Bret Beynon said Tuesday that a warrant has been issued for his arrest, but he has not been taken into custody.

Hubbard's hearing was delayed a week because a witness was unavailable, a court official said.

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The two girls, ages 15 and 17, ran 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 on July 25, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

From Aug. 1 to Aug. 4, the girls stayed at Hubbard's home, where men allegedly paid Hubbard to have sex with the girls, police said. The 15-year-old told police she had sex with 15 to 17 men during the three-day period.

The girls told police that they began staying with Hubbard, Ramos and a 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, Ramos and the boy then solicited men, who paid Hubbard, police said.

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