A biological male transgender 26-year-old has been sentenced to just two years in a juvenile detention facility for molesting a 10-year-old girl in 2014, thanks to far-left Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón's controversial criminal justice reform platform, Fox News reported Thursday.
What are the details?
Hannah Tubbs — then identified as James Tubbs — pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the young girl eight years ago when he was two weeks shy of turning 18. His criminal record reportedly extends well into adulthood, yet Gascón refused to try Tubbs as an adult, resulting in the offender receiving a lenient sentence.
The news reportedly sparked backlash in the community from law enforcement officials, politicians, and community members. According to Fox News, even the sentencing judge slammed Gascón prior to handing down the punishment.
Due to county law, the judge's "hands were tied." Deputy District Attorney Shea Sanna confirmed that two years is the maximum sentence for any juvenile in the new program over the age of 25.
According to the Los Angeles Times, in 2014, Tubbs walked into the women’s restroom of a Denny’s restaurant, grabbed a 10-year-old girl by the throat, and locked her in a stall. He then shoved his hand down her pants and sexually assaulted her, stopping only when another individual entered the restroom.
The Times added that the case drew widespread attention at the time; however, Tubbs was not linked to the crime until 2019 when his DNA was obtained following his arrest on a separate battery charge in Idaho. Prosecutors noted that Tubbs did not identify as female until after being taken into custody.
Prosecutors were hoping for a just sentence in the case, but their hope was dashed after it collided with Gascón's hard-and-fast rule against trying juveniles as adults. The progressive prosecutor has argued that scientific studies show the adolescent brain isn’t fully developed until age 25 and thus young offenders should always be given time to rehabilitate.
There is apparently no exception to the district attorney's rule, not even for repeat offenders like Tubbs, who has been arrested as an adult for battery, drug possession, and probation violations in Idaho and Washington. Tubbs also has a pending misdemeanor case in Washington and was accused of sexually assaulting another minor in Kern County, California, though that case was not prosecuted.
"Tubbs is 26 years old. Unlike George Gascon’s false narrative, she is not a ‘kid,'" L.A. Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami, reportedly told Fox News. "There was evidence presented at the juvenile proceedings which showed that Tubbs sexually assaulted two young girls in different incidents in the past. The child victims will suffer lifelong trauma. Tubbs also has prior violent convictions and conduct as an adult."
"I want to be clear," added Judge Mario Barrera during sentencing. "The filing of a transfer motion is entirely within the discretion of the district attorney."
In a statement Thursday, Kathryn Barger, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, called the outcome of the case "unsatisfactory" and "not just."
In a written statement provided to the judge last week, the victim in the case said she had to undergo therapy because of the sexual assault, which left her feeling worthless, powerless, and sometimes suicidal.
“I just wanted to forget I’m part of any of this,” she said. “And I’m constantly reminded of my past because of this case. I live in fear most of the time, and although it’s something that I tried to tell myself isn’t my fault, I could never truly believe it. I feel that I’m to blame somehow, when I know deep down that isn’t the case. I chose not to come into court because I couldn’t stand the thought of having to see my attacker's face again. And I hope, after all of this comes to an end my attacker gets the punishment he deserves for attacking a child with no problem and I can finally get on with my life.”
Amazingly, Tubbs will not have to register as a sex offender for his crime.