Most moms spent the weekend being honored for their selfless love for their children — or at least a hearty thanks for soothing life's boo-boos.
But Livermore mom Christine Hubbs spent her day in prison for sexually exploiting her daughter’s boyfriend beginning when he was in seventh grade. She then moved on to his best friend to make him jealous.
Needless to say, Hubbs won’t win any mother of the year contests.
The wife of Livermore dentist and lifelong resident Tim Hubbs brought national attention to our town Friday when she was featured on “Good Morning, America” in a story about her conviction for having sex with two middle-school boys. She talked about throwing tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts, from TVs to gym memberships, at them. She sloughed off blame like a snake shedding its skin.
She felt no need to protect her victims. Not the boys nor her daughter. National and local coverage flashed the marquee so that there was no doubt where Hubbs' children attended school.
She walked into the jailhouse interview with every hair in place and her makeup just right – if she was a little girl with no concept of subtle shadings.
Hubbs came before the camera unrepentant for her crimes against these two boys. She even went so far as to say that having sex was their idea and, gosh, what’s a girl to do but comply?
“I didn’t start it,” the petulant 42-year-old said of her initial encounter during an interview with investigative reporter Dan Noyes. “It was him. He started it.”
Christine was arrested in August and took a in February — five years in state prison on four felony counts. Because of Hubbs' plea, against her were dropped.
When the story hit the blogosphere, the result was troubling to say the least. Commenters, mostly male, wondered where this woman had been when they were young boys, and the overall feeling was that this was no big deal.
It left me pondering just how this story would have played had a middle-aged father showered his son’s young girlfriend with expensive gifts and then had sex with her.
She’s not a predator, Hubbs insists. Never that. She knows what boys want and apparently she believed they wanted her — even the one boy who was her daughter’s boyfriend. No harm, no foul in her disturbed brain.
“They’re good kids, they’re going to be fine. They’re going to go on and be successful,” Hubbs told Noyes. “I never pushed them into anything.”
With that statement, she parroted the same excuse pedophiles have used forever to absolve themselves of any wrong-doing.
It’s difficult to know how this will filter through the young boys involved, but few question the negative impact on Hubbs’ children.
Her husband has sworn to stand by his wife. He did say the wedding vows about “in sickness and in health,” and few should doubt the sickness that is Christine Hubbs.
He said the case has caused a drop in his clients. Should Hubbs try to keep his practice in Livermore, it could be tough going.
While it’s a personal decision to stay married to a wife who betrayed him with underage boys, Hubbs clearly crossed a moral line when he didn’t go to the parents of the first boy with his suspicions.
Those suspicions came out when police released emails and texts from the doctor indicating he knew what was going on but did nothing except confront his wife and the first boy.
According to Noyes' report, the detectives found electronic messages with Hubbs warning the first boy to stay away from his wife and between the couple. Hubbs told his wife he knew she was having sex with the first boy – a month before she began having sex with the second boy and seven months before her arrest.
As Livermore police detective said, “It’s frustrating because if it was a man, there’d be no question that this man was evil, the scum of the earth, the dirty pits of society.”
We should not give a woman a free pass for exhibiting the same deviant behavior.