A 55-year-old Fayette County man was recently sent to prison to begin serving a three-year term after he pleaded guilty to the sexual battery of a 17-year-old boy.
Donald W. Hubbell was originally indicted by a grand jury on charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition for the July 2 incident that occurred at Hubbell’s residence. The rape and GSI charges were dismissed by the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office when Hubbell agreed to plead guilty to the third-degree felony sexual battery charge.
The grand jury indictment states that Hubbell coerced the minor “to submit by any means that would prevent resistance by a person of ordinary resolution.”
On Nov. 9, Fayette County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Beathard sentenced Hubbell to the three-year prison sentence. Hubbell also must register as a Tier III sex offender, the most serious sex offender classification in Ohio.
Tier III offenders must register with the county sheriff every 90 days for life. In addition, they must register any change of residential address, place of employment, or enrollment in a school or institution of higher education. Tier III sex offenders are also subject to community notification, which means upon a change of address, the county sheriff will provide notice to a neighborhood within 1,250 feet of the sex offender’s residential address. The county sheriff will also provide notice to schools, day-care providers, and law enforcement agencies within the 1,250-foot radius.
After he’s released from prison, Hubbell will also be subject to a mandatory five-year period of post-release control by the Adult Parole Authority. He received 56 days of jail time credit for time already served in the Fayette County Jail.
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