For more than 20 years Michael Huber had been an example of high Christian morals and devotion to community and children. He was sentenced last week in a Pasadena courtroom to four years and eight months in prison for child pornography.
Before being arrested, the La Crescenta resident spoke to church groups and PTA audiences, impressing them with his compassion and his understanding of today's youth. He spoke and everyone listened. That was not the case Monday, when he sat and listened to former friends ask him why he had taken their trust and victimized their children.
Huber, 50, a former church youth leader and volunteer coach for the water polo team at Crescenta Valley High School, was arrested late last year and charged with six felony counts of using a minor under the age of 14 for creating obscene material, two misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography, and two misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. He was released after posting 10 percent of his $140,000 bail and was being electronically monitored at a Crescenta Valley house. On April 13, Huber accepted a plea bargain agreement by pleading no contest to the charges and surrenderingto authorities. It was also a time for victims and their families to confront him.