LOS ANGELES – At the request of Los Angeles County prosecutors, a judge in Santa Clara County agreed Friday to consider revoking the release of a serial rapist who has been living in the Antelope Valley since last summer.
“Pillowcase Rapist” Christopher Evans Hubbart was conditionally released from a state hospital in July 2014 and was allowed by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown to live at a home in the 20300 block of East Avenue R in Lake Los Angeles.
The ruling prompted an outcry from local residents, along with objections from elected officials, including District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
In a statement issued Friday, Lacey said, “We believe this violent predator continues to pose a serious danger to our community. My office is committed to protecting the public.”
The District Attorney’s Office declined to discuss the basis for the request to have Hubbart, 64, taken back into custody.
The judge who granted Hubbart’s motion for conditional release has since retired from the bench, but Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Richard Loftus agreed to hold a revocation hearing on April 29. The 10 a.m. hearing will be open to the public and held at Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 32.
Hubbart admitted to raping approximately 40 women between 1971 and 1982. He was dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he muffled his victims’ screams with a pillowcase over their heads.
The serial rapist was sent to Atascadero State Hospital in 1972 after the court deemed him a “mentally disordered sex offender.” Seven years later, doctors said he posed no threat and released him.
Over the next two years, he raped another 15 women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to court documents. Hubbart was again imprisoned, then paroled in 1990.
After accosting a woman in Santa Clara County, he was sent back to prison and then to Coalinga State Hospital.
Hubbart was designated a sexually violent predator in Santa Clara County in 1996. His lawyers argued last year that Hubbart’s continuing detention violated his rights to due process, sparking a battle over where he should live.
As a condition of his release to Lake LA, Hubbart was required to wear an ankle monitor. He was also ordered to attend regular therapy sessions and make quarterly reports to a judge.
Removing the Pillowcase Rapist from Lake LA “would be a huge victory for the community’s safety,” said Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) in a statement issued Friday.
“The decision to place a serial rapist in a rural community with limited law enforcement resources was completely irresponsible by the Santa Clara County court,” Lackey stated. “I introduced Assembly Bill 262 earlier this year to address this very problem which would prevent future serial rapists from being released into rural communities.”
“I hope the court will act in the best interest of the Lake LA community and grant the Los Angeles District Attorney’s request to have Hubbart removed,” Lackey added.
[City News Service contributed to this report.]
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