A transgender child molester sentenced to just two years in juvenile detention for molesting a 10-year-old girl in 2014 recently laughed during jailhouse phone calls about the leniency of his punishment, Fox News reported.
What are the details?
Hannah Tubbs, a 26-year-old biological male, pleaded guilty last month to sexually assaulting a preteen girl eight years ago.
The convicted child molester — who at the time of the assault went by James Tubbs — was just two weeks shy of his 18th birthday when he walked into the women’s restroom of a Denny’s restaurant, grabbed the girl by the throat, and locked her in a stall before proceeding to shove his hand down her pants and sexually assault her.
Because of the heinousness of his crime, prosecutors, politicians, and community members alike desired that he be charged as an adult when he was finally convicted years later. But due to liberal Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón's hard-and-fast rule against trying juveniles as adults, Tubbs avoided a just sentence.
In the end, the sentencing judge's hands were tied, and he assigned Tubbs just two years in a juvenile detention facility. With good behavior, he could be out in six months, and amazingly, he is not required to register as a sex offender.
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What did he say?
While going over the lenient punishment with his shocked father in November jailhouse phone calls, Tubbs appeared to gloat about the slap on the wrist he was receiving.
"I’m gonna plead out to it, plead guilty," Tubbs said in one recording, according to Fox News. "They’re gonna stick me on probation, and it’s gonna be dropped, it’s gonna be done, I won’t have to register, won’t have to do nothing."
"You won’t have to register?" his father asked on the other line.
"I won’t have to do none of that," Tubbs replied.
"So what are they going to do to you then?" his father then pressed.
Tubbs reportedly answered, "Nothing," then laughed.
In another phone call, Tubbs directs the caller on the other line to address him as a female. According to prosecutors, Tubbs did not begin identifying as a female until after he was taken into custody.
"So now they're going to put me with other trannies that have seen their cases like mine or with one tranny like me that has a case like mine," Tubbs is heard saying. "So when you come to court, make sure you address me as her."
In a statement to Fox News, Tubbs' victim in the case decried her attacker's sentencing as "unfair" and "insulting," adding, "The things he did to me and made me do that day was beyond horrible for a ten-year-old girl to have to go through."
"I want him tried as an adult for the crimes he committed against me," she said.
Gascón has been widely criticized for implementing and maintaining such a rule that would allow a dangerous offender like Tubbs to avoid harsher penalties.
Tubbs has been arrested as an adult for battery, drug possession, and probation violations in Idaho and Washington since 2014.
The district attorney has since changed his tune on the case and other ones like it, admitting that two years "may not" be enough in certain cases.
"Like every responsible office, we learn as we go, take feedback from the community, and make necessary adjustments based on our experiences and the complex nature of this work," he said. "Specifically, we learned a lot from the Hannah Tubbs case about the need for a policy safety valve."
"After her sentencing in our case, I became aware of extremely troubling statements she made about her case, the resolution of it, and the young girl that she harmed," he added despite the fact that prosecutors were well aware of troubling statements prior to sentencing.
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