LOS ANGELES – A judge in Santa Clara County on Monday rejected a request by Los Angeles County prosecutors to revoke the release of a serial rapist who has been living in the Antelope Valley since last summer.
“Pillowcase Rapist” Christopher Evans Hubbart was released from Coalinga State Hospital in July 2014 and was assigned 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.
In April, Judge Richard Loftus in Santa Clara agreed to hold a hearing at the request of Los Angeles County prosecutors to consider revoking Hubbart’s release. Prosecutors declined to specify the reasons for the request. District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she believes “this violent predator continues to pose a serious danger to our community.”
Loftus rejected the request to have Hubbart’s release revoked, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Details of the ruling were not immediately available.
“Once again, the community has been denied the right to be protected from sex predators,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes Palmdale. “The Santa Clara County judge’s decision to leave a convicted serial rapist in our community is dangerous and disappointing.”
In a statement regarding the ruling Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) said: “Santa Clara Judge Richard Loftus failed to prevent serial rapist Christopher Hubbart from creating any more victims and calming the fears of Southern Californians… We must continue to speak out for true justice and end Hubbart’s unfair release into the Antelope Valley.”
Hubbart admitted to raping approximately 40 women between 1971 and 1982, according to authorities. He was dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he muffled his victims’ screams with a pillowcase over their heads.
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.
Hubbart 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.
As a condition of his release, Hubbart was required to wear an ankle monitor and attend regular therapy sessions and make quarterly reports to a judge.
[City News Service contributed to this report.]
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