Gibbs Sentenced For Molesting Own Children
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A man who sexually molested his own children will spend the next 120 to 240 years in prison. In what is believed to be th longest sentence imposed in Bedford County history in a nonhomicide case, District Attorney Bill Higgins succeeded in sending Greg Alan Gibbs Sr., 32, Connellsville, Pa., to state prison for 120 to 240 years, for his December 2009, conviction for rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, incest, and related charges against his own children.
The charges stemmed from allegations that between August 2004 and March 2005, the defendant and his wife, Tammy Gibbs, virtually treated their children like “sex toys.”
At the December 2009 trial, the commonwealth rested on the testimony of Tammy Gibbs. Tammy Gibbs testified that she personally witnessed the defendant having sexual intercourse with her children, that she and the defendant had demonstrated sexual acts to their children and instructed them on how to perform various explicit sexual acts on each other. In a plea agreement with the commonwealth, Tammy Gibbs pled guilty in 2009 to three felony counts of endangering the welfare of her children in exchange for her cooperation against the defendant. At trial, the commonwealth chose not present testimony from any of the children.
Following the conviction, Higgins stated, “It was a difficult decision to make, but we felt that it would be in the best interest of the children to not testify. They have made tremendous progress since they were removed from the Gibbs home, and I did not want them to relive this nightmare. I am extremely proud that we were able to obtain a conviction on all counts without exposing those kids to the ordeal of facing this monster again,” stated Higgins.
The defendant took the stand in his own defense, but under cross examination by Higgins, he experienced great difficulty explaining many of the inconsistencies in his testimony, and the jury simply did not accept his account.
Before proceeding to sentencing, Higgins presented the testimony of sexual offenders assessment board member Herbert Hays, an expert in the treatment and management of sexual offenders, and successfully argued to have the defendant labeled as a sexually violent predator, and as such, in the highly unlikely event that the defendant is ever released from incarceration, and for the remainder of his life, the law will require community notification to the following: the neighbors of the sexually violent predator, the director of children and youth in the county where the predator lives, the superintendent of the school district where the predator lives, every-day care center in the municipality where the predator lives, and the president of each college and university located within 1,000 feet of the predator’s residence.