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Albany bishop 1977-2014. Retired 2/11/2014, age 75.

As of July 2022, Hubbard had been accused publicly of child sexual abuse by at least nine or ten individuals. Allegations first surfaced in February 2004: Hubbard was accused of paying a teen under age 18 for sex on two occasions in the 1970s, and having a sexual relationship with a young adult male who took his own life in 1978, leaving a note citing his abuse by “Howard” as the reason for his suicide. Hubbard denied allegations, saying he had not violated celibacy. He hired his own investigator, who issued a report in June 2004 saying there was “no credible evidence” of wrongdoing. Retired from Albany post in 2014, at the standard retirement age of 75.

From mid-August to mid-October 2019, the first two months of the NY Child Victim Act’s revival window for civil claims, Hubbard was accused of child molestation in four separate lawsuits. After the first of these lawsuits was reported, Hubbard stepped away from public ministry. The four cases involved Hubbard’s alleged sexual assaults of: a 16-year-old boy in the 1990s at St. Mary’s church in Ballston Spa NY (see paragraphs 139-155 of 8/14/2019 complaint); a teenage girl in the late 1970s at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Schenectady NY; a teenage boy, age 16-18, from 1976 to 1978 at St. Michael the Archangel church in Troy NY (see 10/3/2019 complaint); and a boy, age 9 or 10, in the late 1980s at St. John the Baptist church in Chesterton NY (see 10/11/2019 complaint). Fifth lawsuit filed 8/10/2020 (see complaintaccused Hubbard of abusing boy, ages 9-11, in 1974-76 at St. James Church (now St. Francis of Assisi) in Albany. The alleged abuses of the child, which occurred multiple times, included anal rape. Note: Each of the five CVA lawsuits cited above assert that Hubbard was abusing the victim in concert with one or two other abusive Albany priests, all of whom are named in the complaints.

Additional lawsuit filed 3/9/2021 accused Hubbard of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in the summer of 1977, shortly after Hubbard was installed as Albany bishop. Alleged incident occurred at the rectory of St. Edward the Confessor in Clifton Park NY. Albany diocese said that church is investigating Hubbard per Vos estis lux mundi. (Metropolitan is Cardinal Dolan.)

On 3/25/2022, Jeff Anderson & Associates released a 680-page transcript of the deposition of Hubbard conducted by multiple plaintiff attorneys from April 20 to April 23, 2021. In the deposition, which he took under oath. Hubbard admitted that as bishop he had not reported allegations against his priests to law enforcement and that he had reinstated priests to ministry after they abused. In a news release accompanying the depo, Jeff Anderson & Associates said that 10 people had filed CVA complaints accusing Hubbard himself of child sexual abuse.

In June 2022, the Albany Times-Union published an interview with two brothers in their 40s who said that Hubbard took part in some of hundreds of sexual assaults inflicted on them by former priest Gary Mercure. The brothers’ abuse by Mercure began in the mid-1980s, when one of the brothers was age 8, and lasted for a decade, into their high school years. The younger brother says that he was sexually abused by Hubbard once; the older brother alleges that Hubbard, who was bishop at the time, joined in the abuse on multiple occasions, and that the assaults took place in Lake George motels, Mercure’s vehicle, and the rectory of Our Lady of Annunciation in Queensbury NY.

On 11/18/2022, Hubbard announced that he had petitioned the Vatican for permission to return to the lay state. His stated reason: a church policy forbidding all accused priests from ministering publicly. Its effect has been to “deprive me of the single greatest joy of my life,” he wrote. Current Albany bishop Scharfenberger stated publicly that the policy does not apply to accused bishops and that Hubbard’s removal from ministry had been voluntary. According to some reports, Hubbard is seeking laicization in order to marry.

On 11/21/2022, a state Supreme Court judge ruled that the New York archdiocese must turn over 1,400 pages of its Vos Estis file on Hubbard to a victim alleging child sexual abuse by Hubbard and two other priests.

Hubbard continues to state that the allegations against him are false.