A 26-year old transgender woman has been sentenced to serve two years in a juvenile detention center for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.
The controversial move by Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon has been met with criticism.
Hannah Tubbs, born as James, pleaded guilty in 2020 to a sexual assault of a young girl in a Denny’s bathroom in 2014 when she was 17-years old.
Prosecutors had hoped she would stay in a Los Angeles County Jail and be tried as an adult. However, Gascon refused to file a motion to move the case out of juvenile court. The case had initially been filed in juvenile court due to Tubb’s age at the time of the assault.
Gascon said he was concerned Tubbs could be victimized due to her gender identity in an adult facility. The DA had further recommended she be sentenced to home confinement.
Judge Mario Barrera said Gascon had tied his hands when giving the light sentence of just two years in a juvenile facility and no requirement to register as a sex offender.
“I want to be clear, the filing of a transfer motion is entirely within the discretion of the district attorney,” Barrera said at the court sentencing Thursday.
“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 [now Hannah] 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 judge continued.
Gascon’s decision has been met with outrage amongst prosecutors in Los Angeles.
Deputy District Attorney Shea Sanna expressed her concern, saying, “You have a violent sexual predator sentenced to two years in a juvenile facility.” She discussed the case in an interview with New York Post following Thursday’s sentencing.
“It doesn’t change the fact that the public is safer, but we just preferred Tubbs to be with other adults and not prey on others.”
L.A. Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami told Fox News, “Tubbs is 26 years old. Unlike George Gascon’s false narrative, she is not a ‘kid.'”