A Santa Clara County judge announced today that serial rapist Christopher Hubbart could potentially live in the Antelope Valley community when he’s conditionally released, which could be as early as December.
The announcement was made at a hearing attended by prosecutors from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The judge scheduled a formal hearing in 45 days.
Hubbart, who admitted to raping approximately 40 women between 1971 and 1982, could potentially be relocated to 17132 Laredo Vista Avenue, according to Jane Robison, Public Information Officer for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Robison said the address is public information.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey said her office will work diligently with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement partners to ensure that 62-year-old Hubbart will be closely monitored, as required by law.
“Our priority is to safeguard our residents and make certain Hubbart is obeying all the conditions of his release,” Lacey said in a news release.
Los Angeles County officials are vehemently opposed to Hubbart being released at all.
“It is an outrage that an admitted sexual predator with a long history of brutal crimes against women be released in this community – or any community,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “He belongs in an institution where he cannot prey upon the public.”
“I think this county needs to do everything it possibly can to protect its citizens and especially victims of this particular individual’s crimes in past years who reside in this county,” County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said in a post on his official website.
The post, dated July 9, 2013, detailed Hubbart’s violent past:
In the early 1970s, Christopher Evans Hubbart admitted raping more than 20 women in the L.A. region and Orange County, placing a pillowcase over their heads before his violent assaults. Freed in 1979 after doctors at Atascadero State Hospital determined he was no longer a threat, Hubbart went on to rape at least 15 more women in Northern California, serving another eight years behind bars. Paroled in 1990, he promptly tried to sexually assault two more women and was incarcerated again.
Hubbart was considered such a continuing menace that, as his next release date approached in the mid-1990s on a parole violation, the state legislature passed the Sexually Violent Predators Act, empowering authorities to keep serial offenders like him under lock and key in state hospitals until they’re deemed safe for release. When the law took effect in January, 1996, Hubbart was the first state prisoner subjected to its civil commitment requirements. Hubbart appealed to the California Supreme Court but lost.
Now nearly 20 years later, at the age of 62, Hubbart’s getting out again. After hearing testimony from state mental health professionals in April, a Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County ruled that Hubbart was eligible for “conditional release” from Coalinga State Hospital. The following month, the judge determined that, despite strong objections from prosecutors here, Hubbart should return to Los Angeles County, his last address, where he would remain under close scrutiny and supervision—including electronic monitoring—while continuing treatment.
UPDATE: PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS ON ‘PILLOWCASE RAPIST’ RELEASE
District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced her office will serve as the point of contact for all written public comments regarding the proposed release of Hubbart to the Antelope Valley.
Hubbart’s tentative residence at 17132 Laredo Vista Avenue has a Palmdale mailing address, but the house is actually located in the community of Lake Los Angeles.
THE PUBLIC HAS UNTIL NOV. 29 to submit written public comments to Judge Brown by emailing the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office at HubbartLASafetyTaskForce@da.lacounty.gov, or by writing to:
Hubbart L.A. Safety Task Force
c/o District Attorney’s Office Sex Crimes Division
320 West Temple Street, Room 777
Los Angeles, CA 90012
On Dec. 4, Judge Brown will hold a public hearing in San Jose on Hubbart’s proposed residence. Anyone wishing to address Judge Brown directly will be allowed to speak at the hearing in Santa Clara County Court, Department 32, 190 W. Hedding Street, Fourth Floor.
Lacey said her prosecutors will deliver all written comments to the Santa Clara County Court prior to the Dec. 4 public hearing.
County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has also released a detailed timeline of Christopher Hubbart’s criminal, social, and legal history. View it here.
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