A Westchester County man who had sexual contact with a minor in his care who has Cerebral Palsy has been sentenced to more than three decades in prison.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Tuesday that White Plains resident Jard Hobbs has been sentenced to 32 years in state prison after being found guilty of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and second-degree rape, both violent felonies.
Hobbs, 32, was found guilty of engaging in sexual intercourse and other sexual acts with the disabled child while he was entrusted as her caregiver in Rye as her single mother worked. The abuse began when the child was 11 years old and lasted approximately a year, Scarpino said.
Following his stint in prison, Hobbs will also register as a sex offender and appear for post-release supervision. He received the maximum possible sentence for his crimes.
Scarpino said that the abuse of the girl began when she was 11 and lasted until she was 13 years old, at which time she told her family, who promptly reported Hobbs to police in Rye. Hobbs was arrested at his White Plains home on July 7 last year.
“And still, even today, (Hobbs) stands here remorseless, even in the face of her (child’s) testimony, which was supported by all of the other evidence in the case, including DNA evidence that showed semen in her sleeping shorts,” Assistant District Attorney Paul Stein said in his sentencing statement.
In court on Tuesday, Scarpino said that Hobbs’ victim’s mother “reminded the court of her child’s Cerebral Palsy, seizures, pain, loss of sight and daily struggles.
“For someone, Your Honor, to know this, to know all of this, and see firsthand the things she goes through and how she suffers every day of her life to purposely hurt her… to use her for his own sexual pleasure over and over, she’s (now) in a new and different type of pain, and that’s what this sick man did to my child. No amount of time can ever erase what was done to her. None.”
Hobbs’ victim also spoke in court, asking Assistant Westchester County District Attorney Karen Hebert to read lyrics from a pop song called “Praying” by Kesha, as her statement in court.
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