Hearing Canceled on Serial Rapist’s Release to L.A. County
A hearing planned for Dec. 4 on the release of convicted serial rapist to a home in Los Angeles County was canceled by a Northern California judge on Tuesday.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown canceled the public hearing after the owner of a home where Christopher Hubbart was set to be released withdrew the property from consideration.
The hearing cancellation was announced by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which stated in a news release that there was currently no location proposed for housing 62-year-old Hubbart, who admitted to raping more than three dozen women between 1971 and 1982.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey has fought unsuccessfully to have Hubbart, known as the “Pillowcase Rapist,” released in Santa Clara County instead of Los Angeles County.
Brown announced in May that Hubbart was fit for release and should be relocated from Coalinga State Hospital to Los Angeles County. The tentative plan, announced in October, was to relocate him to a home in unincorporated Lake Los Angeles, near Palmdale.
After a public outcry in the community, the property owner withdrew the home from consideration, the DA’s office confirmed Nov. 1.
Hubbart has been released from the state’s custody previously, but he repeatedly raped women again and was sent to both prison and state mental hospitals on a variety of charges, as detailed in court records.
He had been held at a state hospital after being one of the first offenders to be declared a “sexually violent predator” by a jury in 2000. He petitioned for release earlier this year.
Hubbart was born in Pasadena and raised there and in Claremont, according to a timeline provided by the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
A state contractor was searching for a new location in L.A. County to which to release Hubbart.
The public has until Friday to submit comments to Brown on Hubbart’s proposed relocation by emailing 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.
Though no public hearing will be held Dec. 4, comments submitted to the DA’s office will be delivered to the judge on that date.