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Boonsboro man gets 15 years in sex abuse case

October 02, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Boonsboro man convicted in March of sexually abusing a preteen girl several years ago was sentenced recently in Washington County Circuit Court to 15 years in state prison.

A jury had convicted Gerald Wayne Hubbard, 69, formerly of 20726 Park Hall Road, of sex abuse of a minor and second- and third-degree sex offenses. On Friday, Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Hubbard to 35 years in prison, suspending 20 years.

Beachley ordered that Hubbard register as a sex offender and that he be placed on five years’ probation following his release, court records said.

Hubbard posted bond following his arrest in 2010, but his bail was revoked when he was convicted.

Hubbard had filed a motion for a new trial, but it was denied Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said.

In July 2010, Hubbard was charged with molesting the girl, who was from Tennessee, between April 2007 and November 2008 while she was living in a camper on a property Hubbard owned on Taylors Landing Road near Sharpsburg, according to charging documents filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The girl lived in the camper with a woman, Christy Woods, also of Tennessee, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to second-degree child abuse. Woods testified for the state in the March trial that she met Hubbard over the Internet in 2005 and came to Maryland with the victim in 2007.

Woods testified that she and Hubbard had a sexual relationship and that he often stayed the night in the camper, but that she never saw Hubbard sexually abuse the girl.

The girl testified that a man she knew as “GW” molested her while she lived in the camper.

Hubbard testified at the trial that he did not have a sexual relationship with Woods, never stayed the night in the camper and never touched the girl.

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