A Lyerly, Georgia man was convicted for the molestation of his minor stepdaughter by a Chattooga County jury following a two day trial before Judge Brian House ending on February 21st (2023).
Clifford Eugene Hubbard, 51, was convicted of 8 counts including multiple counts of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, and incest stemming from nearly a decade of sexual abuse.
The allegations came to light when the victim told a school counselor. Under Georgia law, school counselors are mandatory reporters of child abuse.
The counselor contacted Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Jason Burrage, who responded to the school along with a representative from (DHR) the Department of Family and Children’s Services. After interviewing the victim and her sibling, both children were placed in protective custody. Burrage traveled to the victim’s residence to conduct interviews with several family members
Each individual who lived in the house at the time of the report corroborated the victim’s account and were aware of the abuse that had been ongoing for several years. The same day Burrage applied for arrest warrants, Chattooga County law enforcement officers responded to a 9-1-1 call from Hubbard’s residence. Hubbard was found lying in his bed with a shotgun pointed to his chest. After a 17 hour standoff, law enforcement was able to deploy tasers and safely apprehend Hubbard when his finger slipped from the trigger.
The case was presented by Chief Assistant District Attorney Kevin Baugh and Chattooga County Resident Assistant District Attorney Alan Smith. Hubbard was sentenced on February 21st (2023) to a life sentence, with 35 years to be served in prison. The defendant will not be eligible for parole consideration for at least thirty (30) years.
(WZQZ Chattooga County Radio)