Jan. 5, 2015 – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a former school principal has pleaded guilty to aggravated child molestation and related charges.
Jack Duane Hibbs, 58, of Marietta, pleaded guilty today to eight counts related to acts committed against three boys between 2011 and 2013. His plea came as jury selection was to begin for his trial on the charges, which included four counts of aggravated child molestation, one count of sexual exploitation of children, and three counts of child molestation. Two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes were dismissed.
Some of the acts were committed at Faith Lutheran Church and School on Lower Roswell Road in Marietta, where Mr. Hibbs was the longtime principal.
“This case is about trust, manipulation, and molestation,” ADA Lindsay Gardner told the court during the sentencing hearing Monday afternoon. “A church and school is supposed to be a sacred place. A boy’s body is a sacred place. … The evidence in this case has captured the pain and suffering of these boys and their families. He’s given every one of these victims a life sentence, and the only way to deter this predator is to confine him as long as possible.”
Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole agreed.
“The evil that has come through is just horrendous. You hunted some of them down and robbed them of their innocence,” he told the defendant. “You cannot be trusted. No one else needs to worry you’re going to harm their children.”
Judge Poole then sentenced Mr. Hibbs to a life term. He must serve 30 years before he will be eligible for parole.
Marietta attorney Bryan Lumpkin represented the defendant, who has remained in custody since his arrest in August 2013.
Cobb Police investigated the case.