Cloud County CC board member, convicted sex offender to maintain elected position

CONCORDIA, Kan. (KWCH) Friday, December 6, 2019

A convicted sex offender will maintain his position on the Cloud County Community College board.

On Friday, CCCC Chair of the Board Greg Askren said there are no plans to remove Richard Hubert from the board because the people elected him.

It was not until after Hubert was elected that his criminal past came to light. In 2006, he was convicted on a sexual assault charge involving an 8-year-old girl. A crime for which he served time but also says he's innocent.

Hubert says children rarely come to the board meetings and the position would not put him in a situation where he's alone with a child.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Some voters in Cloud County are taken by surprise in learning a candidate appearing on ballots in last month's election has a criminal history.

Richard Hubert won a seat on the Cloud County Community College Board of Trustees. What he didn't share during the campaign is that he's a registered sex offender.

Hubert has been out of prison for a decade. In that time, he says he's been trying to make the most of his second chance. It's an effort that continues, he says, with his decision to run for the position with Cloud County Community College in Concordia.

In 2006, Hubert was convicted on a sexual assault charge involving an 8-year-old girl. While he maintains his innocence, he says his attorney told him it didn't matter and to plea because of who was prosecuting the case.

"(The prosecutor) was running for attorney general. It seemed like they were trying to get some political points," Hubert says.

Since his release from prison for the crime, Hubert says it's something he keeps to himself.

"It's easier, I think if you just don't talk about it," he says.

That's why many voters didn't know about it in November when Humbert was on the ballot for the board of trustees at his alma mater.

Now that Hubert's past conviction has come to light, he says he's hoping to have chance to clear the air, and of the first things he's hoping to do is to sit down with the president of Cloud County Community College.

"I want to make sure that she doesn't have a problem working with me and the board doesn't have a problem," Hubert says.

Since his release from prison, Hubert says he's followed what the court has required and was looking at his run for the board as a chance to become a more productive member of society.

The chair of the Cloud County Community College says the board will evaluate the situation with the college's attorney.