A Sahuarita man accused of sexually abusing three people was placed on seven years' probation Tuesday and ordered to undergo sex offender counseling.

If Brian Hughes, 35, successfully completes probation, his crime will be designated a misdemeanor, defense attorney Laura Udall said.

Hughes pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual abuse in April and was facing up to eight years in prison.

He was arrested in April 2018, after a Sahuarita woman told police he touched her inappropriately at a private dog park on Rancho Sahuarita Boulevard.

Over the following days, Sahuarita police learned about other potential victims – a teenager who said Hughes had touched her inappropriately at the restaurant where she worked and another woman who said Hughes groped her in 2011, after he stopped to chat with her while walking his dog.

Detectives were also alerted to YouTube videos made by Hughes, including two titled “Groping routine” and “How to Spot Fake Breasts Routine.”

Hughes was indicted April 17, 2018, on four counts of sexual abuse. 

According to a presentence report, Hughes suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycling accident in 2001, is medically disabled and relies on his parents for support. 

The report indicates Hughes accepted responsibility for his action and promised it won't happen again. In addition, the report states the chance of Hughes re-offending is "low."

Court documents indicate the victims did not respond to a probation officer's attempts to reach them and Udall said they didn't attend any court hearings.

Hughes will not have to register as a sex offender unless his probation is revoked, court documents state.

Her client has been in counseling since his arrest, Udall said.

Kim Smith | 520-547-9740


Assistant Editor Kim Smith moved to Arizona from Michigan when she was 16. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism in 1989. She has worked at seven newspapers of varying size in Arizona, Texas and Nevada.

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