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26-Year-Old California Transgender Female Who Sexually Assaulted 10-Year-Old Girl at 17 Will Serve Two Years in Juvenile Facility


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A violent offender convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl will serve two years in a juvenile facility, despite being 26-years-old.

Hannah Tubbs, who identifies as a transgender female, recently pleaded guilty to molesting the girl in a women’s bathroom eight years ago when Tubbs was two weeks away from turning 18.

At the time of the crime, Tubbs identified as male and went by James. Tubbs didn’t identify as female until after being taken into custody.

Far-left District Attorney George Gascon declined to prosecute Tubbs as an adult, despite having a lengthy criminal record that includes violent crimes in multiple states.

Because Tubbs began identifying as female after she was taken into custody, and Gascon refused to try her as an adult, Tubbs was sentenced to two years in a juvenile facility.

Tubbs does NOT have to register as a sex offender and would have received a sentence of 8-12 years if tried as an adult.

ABC7 Los Angeles reported:

The violent crime happened just before her 18th birthday, and Tubbs remained free of charges until the DNA match.

The case was prosecuted in juvenile court and was not transferred to adult court due to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s policy that states juveniles won’t be prosecuted as adults. A juvenile judge sentenced Tubbs to two years in a juvenile facility.

On Thursday, prosecutors argued in court for the judge to transfer the 26-year-old to an adult jail, saying in their opinion, the law gives the judge that authority.

“In crystal clear terminology provides this court with the authority to order a transfer of an individual to sheriff’s custody, or to a county jail facility, after that individual has turned 19 years of age,” said a prosecutor during court.

After hearing arguments, the judge stated that essentially, under current legislation, a person who commits a crime as a juvenile and is jailed in a juvenile facility once they turn 19, the court has no authority to transfer that person to an adult facility.

“This court will not disregard what the legislature has put onto it as a limitation,” said the judge.

Since the case remained in juvenile court, Tubbs will not be required to register as a sex offender. Tubbs could have been sentenced to almost a decade in prison if she was tried and convicted as an adult.

FOX News added:

In L.A. County, juvenile facilities can house both females and males, but in separate areas. Tubbs will be housed with the females.

Two years is the maximum sentence for any juvenile in the new program over the age of 25, according to Deputy District Attorney Shea Sanna.

The sentencing sparked criticism of Gascon, who had vowed to “immediately stop prosecuting children as adults.” Gascon has cited studies showing brain development isn’t complete until a person is 25 and contends juvenile detention can rehabilitate young offenders.

The LA County Sheriff’s office offered to house Tubbs in its county jail, but Judge Mario Barrera ultimately “decided he did not have the authority to issue an order housing Tubbs in county jail or with the sheriff’s department,” Sanna said, adding that the judge’s “hands were tied.”



 

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