A Boonsboro man accused of sexually abusing a Tennessee girl was ordered held without bond Thursday after a Washington County Circuit Court jury found him guilty on three of the four charges against him.
The jury deliberated almost five hours before finding Gerald Wayne Hubbard, 68, of 20726 Park Hall Road, guilty of second- and third-degree sex offenses and sex abuse of a minor. The jurors found him not guilty of second-degree rape.
Hubbard was charged in July 2010 with molesting the girl, now 9, from about April 2007 to Nov. 30, 2008, while she lived in a camper van at a property he owned on Taylors Landing Road near Sharpsburg, according to the charging documents.
The girl lived in the camper with Christy Woods, 34, also of Tennessee, who pleaded guilty last year to second-degree child abuse. Under her plea agreement, Woods’ sentencing was deferred until after Hubbard’s trial.
The trial began Monday with the victim testifying that a man she knew as "GW" molested her while she lived in the van. The jury was also shown a videotape of the girl being interviewed by a Child Protective Service social worker in Tennessee in June 2010.
Woods testified for the prosecution that she met Hubbard over the Internet in December 2005 and came to Maryland with the victim in 2007.
Woods and Hubbard had a sexual relationship, and he often stayed nights in the camper, she testified. Woods said that she never saw Hubbard sexually abuse the girl, but he gave Woods pills that made her fall asleep.
The girl and Woods left the property on Nov. 30, 2008, after Woods called a relative in Tennessee and asked her to pick them up. That relative, Reba Brummitt, testified that Woods and the girl had to climb under and through a locked gate when she came to pick them up in the middle of the night.
Woods later returned to Maryland and was in the camper when the property was search in July 2010, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Detective Casey Barnes testified.
"Christy Woods was a person I had great sympathy for," Hubbard testified on Wednesday.
However, he said he never had a sexual relationship with Woods, never stayed the night in the camper and never touched the girl.
"Christy had her own key to the gate" as well as her own vehicle, Hubbard testified, denying that he had control over Woods or the girl.
Woods came to Maryland to escape an abusive relationship with her family, he said.
"Mr. Hubbard was trying to help a distressed" woman, defense attorney Thomas A. Pavlinic said in his closing argument. He called the accusations by the child "a product of suggestion" by Christy Woods’ family and said there was no definitive medical evidence the girl had been molested.
"The description from that little girl, almost two years ago, should ring true," Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson told the jury, referring to the 2010 interview in Tennessee.
The child sex abuse conviction carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered a presentence investigation before sentencing Hubbard.