James Tubbs, who committed the crime in 2014 when he was 17, only identified as a woman after they took him into custody so he’ll be housed with the females but supposedly in isolation. He also won’t have to register as a sex offender.
Superior Court Judge Mario Barrera unleashed his anger at progressive Lose Angeles District Attorney George Gascón for not prosecuting a child molester as an adult.
James Tubbs admitted he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in a restroom at a Denny’s in 2014. He was two weeks away from turning 18.
Authorities did not arrest and charge Tubbs for the crime until January 2021. He kept busy, though:
In the interim, she had been arrested for battery, drug possession and probation violations in Idaho and Washington and convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in Kern County, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials. She was also arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor but wasn’t prosecuted for the alleged offense, according to court records.
James now goes by “Hannah.” But prosecutors claim he did not identify as a transgender until they took him into custody.
Tubbs knows how to play the system. Gascón has refused to prosecute children as adults.
Even though Tubbs is now 26 Gascón refused to transfer the crime to adult court:
Gascón previously told The Times that the victim, who has moved away from California and remains in therapy, did not want to testify at a trial. He also expressed concern that as a transgender woman, Tubbs could be victimized in a jail for adults. In a youth facility, he said, she could receive treatment and therapy.
Tubbs will go to the female side of the detention facility, but will remain “in isolation, separated by sight and sound from the other juveniles.”
Eyewitness News asked Gascón for a comment. His office pointed out that other courts tried Tubbs as an adult, which is how they got his DNA: “However, in subsequent cases, Tubbs legally was an adult. Other jurisdictions had no other choice. Where I do agree with your assertion is that Tubbs likely will not face punishment proportionate to the victim’s trauma.”
Therefore, Gascón tied Barrera’s hands. The law only allowed him to sentence Tubbs to two years in a juvenile detention center: “I want to be clear. The filing of a transfer motion is entirely within the discretion of the district attorney.”
Also, Tubbs won’t have to register as a sex offender.
L.A. Deputy District Attorney Hatami is ticked off:
“Tubbs is 26 years old. Unlike George Gascon’s false narrative, she is not a ‘kid,'” L.A. Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami, assigned to the Complex Child Abuse Unit, told Fox News Digital.
“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.”
“Because of George Gascon’s blanket policy against transferring any juvenile to adult court, even if the 17-year-old rapes or murders an innocent child, James Tubbs will not have to register as a sex offender, will not spend any time in county jail or state prison, will be 26 and housed with juveniles for a very short period of time, and will be released with no probation or parole monitoring. The victims will get no justice. The public will get no safety,” Hatami said.
He added that Gascon “has sacrificed the safety of the public, the rights of the victim and justice in order to follow his own political ideology.”
“It’s an injustice against all of us, especially the young victims,” Hatami said.
Deputy District Attorney Shea Sanna wanted Tubbs in the county jail so he wouldn’t “be around impressionable children.”
Sanna described Tubbs as “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
The victim wrote in a letter:
“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 hope, after all 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.”
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