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Man Pleads No Contest to Sex Charges

March 23, 2006|By Mary O'Keefe

A La Crescenta man has pleaded no contest to five counts of sex acts involving five teenage boys.

"He had his victims pose and model for him," Dist. Atty. Natalie Adomian said.

Michael James Huber, 50, is scheduled to appear before Judge J. Morris for his sentencing at 1:30 p.m. on April 13 at Pasadena Superior Court. This will also give the victims an opportunity to make victim impact statements.

Huber pleaded no contest in a plea bargain agreement that recommends three years and eight months in prison. He will receive credit for one day already served. He is being electronically monitored at his Crescenta Valley home.

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Huber was arrested in November after one of the teenage victims, whose name has not been released, told his parents of inappropriate pictures that Huber took of the boy, authorities said. Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station detectives obtained a search warrant of Huber's residence, where they found child pornography, authorities said.

"At first, we didn't think there were any more victims," Det. Richard Lutz said. But investigators said they found four more boys who were victims.

"He will be registered on the sexual registration for life," Lutz said.

Huber had strong ties to the community through a non-profit organization he began that targeted at-risk students. He was also an assistant coach for the Crescenta Valley High School water polo team, was part of the Big Brother of Los Angeles organization and has been involved in churches in the Crescenta Valley for more than 20 years.

Huber will probably only serve half of his sentence, Adomian said.

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