California Mom Faces Mountain of Sexual Assault Charges

Woman allegedly had sex with teen boys in her Hummer SUV and in parking lots.

August 9, 2010, 9:23 PM

Aug. 10, 2010 — -- Christine Hubbs lived in an upscale northern California community, was married for 20 years and had three children. But Hubbs led a double life, investigators say, one in which she allegedly carried on sexual relations with two teens for nearly two years, beginning when the boys were 13.

The Livermore, Calif., woman, 42, made her first court appearance Monday to face a mountain of charges -- 67 in all -- relating to the alleged relationships. She is accused of having sex with the boys starting in 2008 everywhere from parking lots to inside her Hummer SUV and fueling the affair with free money, dinners and video games that she gave to the boys.

Hubbs is being held on $4.3 million bail. Her attorney, Jules Bonjour, declined to comment.

Investigators said one of the alleged victims was Hubbs' daughter's ex-boyfriend.

"Well the first victim, she got to know him because he was her daughter's boyfriend and that's how that relationship started," Livermore police captain Scott Trudeau told "Good Morning America."

The charges against her include oral copulation, lewd act on a child and exhibition of lewd material to a minor, according to the San Francisco Examiner newspaper.

The allegations came to light when the mother of one of the boys reportedly found a nude picture of Hubbs on the boy's cell phone, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Police: Woman Sent the Boys 'Sexual' Photos

Based on that tip, police contacted the boy, after which the second boy -- now 15 -- came forward, Sarsfield said at a news conference last weekend.

"Based off of those two interviews, the Livermore Police Department was able to obtain several search warrants of locations and cell phones, and on those search warrants, as a result of those search warrants, we were able to locate sexual messages sent from Ms. Hubbs to the 15-year-old boys, including sexual pictures, nude pictures of her …," he added.

Married for nearly 20 years to a successful dentist, Hubbs was known in her upscale community for giving children rides in her SUV.

She was also known to look and dress much younger that a woman of her age would, police said.

"Often times, these things do not come overnight," psychiatrist Charles Sophy, who is not involved in the case, told "Good Morning America."

"There are inappropriate signs you'll see from behavior to the way that she was dressing to maybe the way that she interacts with other children, the need to be around young children."

"He thought it would be cool to get with an older lady, I guess," Taylor Boyd, who is friends with the family of one of the alleged victims, told "Good Morning America."

Psychiatrist Sophy said that adults involved in similar situations often do not see their acts as crimes.

"They see it as a romantic interlude," he said. "They don't see it as a violent crime and oftentimes there is no violence. It is romantic, luring boys with gifts, sexual stimulation of a young boy who feels empowered and acts on it and oftentimes that's just how it goes on for quite some time until discovered."

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