• Judge to Decide Where Pasadena Born Rapist is to Live

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A judge in Santa Clara County is expected to issue a ruling today on where in the Los Angeles area a serial rapist will live following his release.

    Judge Gilbert Brown ruled last fall that Christopher Hubbart, the so- called “Pillowcase Rapist,” would live at a home in Lake Los Angeles east of Palmdale. The announcement sparked community outrage and protests from officials including County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.

    In the face of mounting public pressure, however, the owner of Hubbart’s proposed home withdrew the location from consideration.

    Hubbart admitted raping about 40 women between 1971 and 1982.

    Upon his initial arrest in 1972 in Los Angeles, he was deemed a “mentally disordered sex offender” and sent to Atascadero State Hospital. He was released seven years later after doctors said he posed no further threat.

    But over the next two years, he raped another 15 women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to court documents. He was again imprisoned, then paroled in 1990. Hubbart subsequently was returned to prison after he accosted a woman in Santa Clara County.

    Attorneys for Hubbart have argued that their client’s current detention at Coalinga State Hospital in Santa Clara violates his rights to due process.

    In May, Judge Gilbert Brown ruled that Hubbart should be released and housed somewhere in Los Angeles County — a decision that District Attorney Jackie Lacey contended was in error. An appeals court and the state Supreme Court, however, declined to overturn Brown’s ruling.

    Lacey and Antonovich have strongly opposed plans to allow the serial rapist to live in Los Angeles County.

    Hubbart lived in Santa Clara County in the years leading to his last arrest and no longer has family living in Los Angeles County. California law requires that a sexually violent predator be conditionally released to the county of his or her domicile “prior to the person’s incarceration,” according to prosecutors.

    Hubbart, if released, would be under strict supervision, including electronic monitoring.

    Hubbart was born in Pasadena in 1951 and lived there for the first six years of his life, when he moved to Claremont, where he lived until 1971, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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