LA County Leaders Continue To Fight Release Of Convicted Serial Rapist
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City leaders are continuing to fight the conditional release of a convicted serial rapist into Los Angeles County later this year.
The state Supreme Court recently decided to deny an appeal by L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to stop the release of 62-year-old Christopher Hubbart, known as the Pillowcase Rapist, who admitted to raping and sexually assaulting nearly 40 women throughout California between 1971 and 1982.
Supervisor Mike Antonovich said he’s outraged by the turn of events.
“He’s a serial rapist, he has a problem, and putting him back into community is endangering our young people,” he said. “A serial rapist deserves life in prison or life in a mental institution, but not a life in our streets.”
Hubbart was first classified as a mentally disturbed sex offender in 1972 after being indicted for raping more than two dozen Southland women.
In 1979, he was released only to rape 10 more women in Northern California.
He was paroled twice more, in 1990 and 1993.
Psychologists, however, sent him back to prison, deciding he was losing control.
Hubbart’s case lead the way for the state’s Sexually Violent Predators Act, which allows them to keep offenders until they’re deemed safe.
The state said Hubbart, who is currently at Coalinga State Hospital in Santa Clara County, will be released to GPS supervision.
“These electronic bracelets or anklets are nonsense. A couple weeks ago, we had a rape in Palmdale with a person who was wearing his electronic anklet at the time of the rape,” said Antonovich.
A contract company still has to find Hubbart housing, which could take months.
“In October, the judge will make a decision if a home has been found for him, and if it has, then that decision will be to the public, and they will have 45 days to voice their opinion before the judge makes his final decision,” said Antonovich.
The Department of State Hospitals declined to give details on Hubbart’s release, citing patient privacy.