"I'm truly sorry."
That's what the former Crystal Lake teacher convicted of inappropriately touching former students and serving them alcohol at his home told the court at his sentencing Friday afternoon.
"I have let a lot of people down," said Justin Hubly, who was en educator at Crystal Lake Central for 13 years.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt, who found Hubly guilty in April, sentenced him to one year of conditional discharge and court supervision. Hubly also was fined $1,000 for two counts of battery and $1,000 for four counts of giving alcohol to a minor. He is not allowed to have contact with any of the victims or the school district, and he must undergo a sex offender evaluation.
Hubly, who worked as the high school’s choir director and was president of the District 155 Education Association, said losing his job and being publicly shamed was worse than anything Wilbrandt could have given him.
Wilbrandt said Hubly "is entitled to a second chance" and "was an excellent teacher." He had no previous criminal record.
If Hubly follows the terms of his supervision, the four counts of providing alcohol to a minor will be wiped away.
Hubly was charged in 2016 in two separate cases with battery and giving alcohol to a minor.
The charges stemmed from claims that the former teacher hosted get-togethers at his Crystal Lake home, where he provided groups of mostly 19-year-olds with tequila and rum, and on two occasions, allegedly inappropriately touched young women.
Parents of the women Hubly was accused of groping said they believe he exploited his former teacher-student relationship with the then-19-year-olds after they graduated.
Because Hubly was facing misdemeanors, Wilbrandt did not allow the victims to read victim impact statements. Prosecutors asked for one year of probation.
"It was kid after kid after kid," said assistant state's attorney Brett Dunbar. "It's not an isolated incident."
However, Hubly's attorney, Henry Sugden, turned to the victim's Friday and called them "pre-Madonnas." He said that Hubly's situation was a result of "nonsense caused by minors."
Sugden argued that Hubly shouldn’t be penalized for giving the underage partygoers alcohol under his own roof.
"None of them drank at Mr. Hubly's house during high school," Sugden said.
"I don't think this is an appropriate candidate for supervision," she said.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Henry Sugden's name.