Second victim accuses Marietta private school principal of child molestation
by Jon Gillooly
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Jack Duane Hibbs
Jack Duane Hibbs
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MARIETTA — Police say a second student has come forward to accuse the principal of Faith Lutheran School, Jack Duane Hibbs of Marietta, of child molestation.

And in this case, the alleged molestation took place at the school.

Police arrested Hibbs on Wednesday, charging him with molesting a 15-year-old boy at the student’s home when the two were alone in November and February.

Police said Friday Hibbs is also being charged with two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of child molestation as a result of a second 15-year-old boy’s statements to detectives.

Hibbs is accused of offering the second boy money for sex in April, according to the warrant.

“We have had a second victim come forward to speak with investigators and the difference being that in the first incident the accused went to the victim’s home where the crime allegedly occurred, and in this case the victim was at the school at the time the alleged crime occurred,” said Sgt. Dana Pierce with the Cobb Police Department. “And it’s because of this that detectives want people to more or less open up their thoughts a bit more and realize their loved one could have been victimized at the school and not necessarily at a private residence.”

Hibbs, 57, is being held without bond in the Cobb jail.

“Detectives still believe there are other victims out there that have not come forward, and we are asking for the families’ assistance in helping to identify their loved one either being a juvenile or a young adult if they know that they have in some way, shape or form come in contact with Mr. Hibbs,” Pierce said.

Faith Lutheran School, which is off Lower Roswell Road by Sewell Park in east Cobb, teaches elementary and middle school grades.

State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna), an attorney, said the school could be at risk of a lawsuit.

“There is a potential basis for a lawsuit against the school based on negligent hiring or negligent supervision, that’s possible,” Evans said. “There may be other possible claims, but those are a few that I know might be possible. Of course, I’m just saying there is a potential basis for a claim, but I cannot say whether any claims could definitely be made or whether they would be successful. But the allegations are serious and the school may face possible liability.”

Anyone with information or who may have direct knowledge regarding Hibb’s contact with juveniles is asked to call (770) 801-3470.

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