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Hubbard gets 60 days in jail

Former Newport-Mesa superintendent plans to file an appeal on his conviction on two felony counts. Local school officials urge leniency in letters to the court.

February 23, 2012|By Lauren Williams
  • Former Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard was sentenced to 60 days in jail Thursday. In January, he was convicted of two felony counts for misappropriation of public funds while he served as superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. He was also ordered to pay $23,500 in restitution to Beverly Hills Unified and $6,000 in fines.
Former Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

LOS ANGELES — Former Newport-Mesa Unified Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard was sentenced to 60 days in Los Angeles County Jail and given three years probation Thursday for misappropriating public funds.

Hubbard, 55, was not handcuffed while being taken into custody in Los Angeles County Superior Court. He showed little emotion.

Hubbard's wife, Lupe, sobbed in the courtroom. When asked by Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus whether he had anything he wanted to give his wife before he began serving his term, Hubbard replied: "Just lots of love."

Hubbard was convicted in January of two felony counts related to a previous job as superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District. He used his position there to enhance the car allowance for and make payments to a former subordinate, Karen Anne Christiansen. Hubbard was acquitted on a third count.

On Thursday, Marcus ordered Hubbard to pay $23,500 in restitution to Beverly Hills Unified and $6,000 in fines. He was also barred from holding a position of public trust.

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Marcus said he had no doubt that the jury came to the right decisions.

"It was almost a perfect crime," Marcus said. "If anyone knew how to pull this off, it was Mr. Hubbard."

The judge speculated that Hubbard was motivated to give Christiansen extra money based on sexually laced emails exchanged between the two.

"I think he did this to help Ms. Christiansen because he liked her," Marcus said. "He had a yearning for this woman, and she hypnotized him."

Hubbard told the Daily Pilot after his arrest that he did not have an affair with Christiansen. There was no evidence of a romantic relationship provided by the prosecution during the trial.

Prosecutor Max Huntsman wrote in a sentencing memo that "Dr. Hubbard's conduct was egregious" and said that he "took advantage of a position of trust to misappropriate public tax money designated for the use of schoolchildren."

Hubbard's attorney, Sal Ciulla, vowed to appeal the conviction. He said in court that he would file a notice of appeal after Thursday's sentencing.

Before the sentence was read, Ciulla said that over the course of the criminal proceedings he has gotten to know Hubbard better than any other client and said he was a man of integrity.

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School officials show support

The judge received 41 letters supporting Hubbard, including from some Newport-Mesa Unified school board members pleading for leniency at the sentencing.

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