LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Serial rapist Christopher Hubbart will be recommitted to Coalinga State Hospital for a minimum of a year after a Santa Clara judge revoked his conditional release Friday.
The seven-page ruling was issued Friday after a two-day hearing, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.
“Christopher Hubbart is a prolific serial rapist and even after years of treatment he remains a danger to women,” Lacey said in a statement. “Today’s ruling reaffirms our belief that he should remain in a state hospital for treatment.”
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Hubbart was taken into custody at the Lake Los Angeles home where he had been living in since August after violating several terms of his conditional release, including failing five polygraph tests.
Legal expert Steve Meister says Hubbart’s return to a mental hospital shows the court still considers him a threat to public safety.
“The only thing that’s unusual about this is that usually it happens to probationers and parolees, not sexually violent predators,” Meister said, “because a lot of sexually violent predators simply don’t get released.”
Known as the “Pillowcase Rapist,” Hubbart admitted to raping dozens of women between 1971 and 1982 and was designated a sexually violent predator in 1996. He had been in the custody of the Department of State Hospitals until he was granted a conditional release amid protests from outraged neighbors.