A 43-year-old White Plains man was arrested by Rye police and convicted on Friday, March 16 of engaging in sex with a child under the age of 13, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.
Jard Hobbs was found guilty on three counts.
Judge Susan Cacace presided over Hobbs' jury trial in Westchester County Court.
The three counts against Hobbs are:
-- Course of Sexual Conduct against a Child in the First Degree, a class B violent felony
-- Rape in the Second Degree, a class D felony.
-- Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.
County prosecutors said the child's sexual abuse began when she was 11 and ended when she was 13 at which time she told her family.
The defendant was in his 40s at the time.
The family subsequently reported the abuse to City of Rye Police. During their police investigation, they found DNA evidence including semen in the child’s shorts which corroborated the charges.
Rye Police arrested Hobbs at his White Plains residence on July 7, 2017.
Hobbs has been remanded to jail without bail while he awaits sentencing on May 15.
He faces up to 32 years in prison with post-release supervision, and he will have to register as a sex offender after he gets out of jail.
The case was investigated by City of Rye Police, the Child Abuse Bureau of the Special Prosecutions Division of the DA’s Office and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety.
It was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul Stein, chief of the Child Abuse Bureau, and ADA Karen Herbert of the Special Prosecutions Division.
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