In Granada Hills, California, a teacher at Hillcrest Christian School has been arrested for having sex several times with a high school student and police said he might have abused other students of the private campus. Acting on a tip from a parent, police arrested Mark Stephen Hubbard, who is also the athletic director at the Granada Hills K-12 school, for sex crimes against an underage female student.
"It's been going on since the start of this year," Los Angeles police Detective Michael Brox said during a news conference at Devonshire Division. "There were multiple sex acts and sexual contact. "There is a chance ... that there may be other (victims)." Hubbard, who is free after posting $100,000 bail, could not be reached for comment.
Hubbard was arrested after a parent notified authorities of an ongoing sexual relationship between the girl and the teacher, police said. While police declined to give the victim's age, Hillcrest secondary school students range from 14 to 17. He was booked for "multiple sex crime charges" with a minor, according to police.
"It is with great sadness that we recently learned of the situation involving one of our staff members and the secondary school student," said Hillcrest Secondary Principal Lance Haliday, reading a pre-prepared statement to the press.
"The school acted swiftly in responding, and would like to assure our school (family) and the community that no student is at risk. The safety and well-being of our students is, and will remain, our No. 1 priority."
Hubbard had worked at Hillcrest Christian School for eight years, serving as its K-12 athletic director, secondary school health teacher and assistant coach for the boys basketball and baseball teams. Hillcrest Christian School, founded in 1976, is a spin-off of Hillcrest Christian Church, with an emphasis throughout its curricula on the Bible, according to its website. Tuition for high school students runs about $7,000 a year. By late afternoon, all references to Hubbard were being removed from the Hillcrest Christian website.
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