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Planned Release of ‘Sexually Violent Predator’ Draws Angry Response

A Northern California judge’s plan to release convicted serial rapist Christopher Hubbart to a home in Los Angeles County has raised the ire of residents and elected officials. Hubbart, known as the “Pillowcase Rapist,” admitted to raping dozens of women. After multiple releases from state custody, he raped women again and was recommitted and labeled a “sexually violent predator” under state law.

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A judge in San Jose ruled Friday that a convict known as the “Pillowcase Rapist” could be released to a home in the unincorporated area east of Palmdale.

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File photo of Christopher Hubbart, the so-called “Pillowcase Rapist.”

Christopher Hubbart — who raped and assaulted more than 26 women in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in 1972, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office — had been set to appear before a judge regarding his proposed conditional release.

After Hubbart, 63, petitioned for release last year, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown ruled in May that the convict was fit for release.

Hubbart’s “domicile” was found to be Los Angeles County, and the judge ruled he should be relocated there from Coalinga State Hospital.

Brown’s tentative plan, announced in October, was to have Hubbart moved to a home in unincorporated community of Lake Los Angeles, near Palmdale.

But the homeowner soon withdrew the property from consideration after an outcry from the community and politicians in L.A., and Brown canceled a hearing scheduled for December on the release.

Hubbart’s proposed new housing location was discussed at Friday’s hearing in the Hall of Justice in San Jose, where a judge decided that the serial rapist could be moved to a home in the 20300 block of East Avenue R, according to Los Angeles County DA’s office.

The address is on a dirt road in a sparsely populated area about 20 miles east of central Palmdale in the unincorporated Antelope Valley. It’s about 7 miles from the Lake Los Angeles home where Hubbart was initially set to be sent.

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This photo shows the home at the address to which serial rapist Christopher Hubbart could be released in the unincorporated Antelope Valley. (Credit: KTLA)

Hubbart was expected to be subject to 24-hour surveillance for the first month after his release, according to Tony Bell, a spokesman for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who represents the area.

No release date has been scheduled for Hubbart, the DA’s office stated in a news release on the judge’s decision.

The Friday decision from Brown opens up a 45-day period for public comment that the judge will consider at the next court hearing, according to Bell.

Brown plans a public hearing on Hubbart’s proposed home in San Jose on May 21, according to the DA’s office, which was collecting written public comments.

“If Hubbart is housed in Los Angeles County, my office will work with law enforcement to make sure that he is closely monitored at all times and that all terms and conditions of his release are strictly enforced,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in the release.

Hubbart was born in Pasadena and raised there and in Claremont, according to a timeline provided last fall by Antonovich’s office.

In court, Hubbart testified that he began breaking into homes to watch women when he was a teenager, court records show.

He moved on to more violent assaults in 1972, when he was 21.

“He would drive around in the early morning and look for homes that had garage doors open, indicating the man of the house had gone to work. He would also look for children’s toys, believing that mothers would be protective of their children and more likely to cooperate with him. He would bind the women’s hands and cover their faces, then sexually assault them,” states a 2001 state appellate court decision affirming a trial court ruling that Hubbart was a “sexually violent predator” under state law.

For the 1972 crimes, Hubbart was sentenced and spent about 6 1/2 years at Atascadero State Hospital. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area upon his release in 1979, according to the appellate ruling.

Hubbart then proceeded to sexually assault a series of women in the Bay Area, and was sentenced in 1982 to 16 years in prison, but was released on parole in 1990, the ruling states.

Again, he reoffended and was returned to prison in 1990, just months after his release. For a brief time in 1993, Hubbart was paroled to Claremont, according to the DA’s office.

He has been in state custody since 1996, the DA’s office stated.

Because his last conviction was in Santa Clara County, a judge there has jurisdiction over his 2013 petition for release from a state mental hospital.

Lacey has fought unsuccessfully to have Hubbart released in Santa Clara County instead of L.A. County, where the DA’s office has said the serial rapist no longer has any family.

On Thursday, Lacey called on state lawmakers to support proposed legislation that would allow “counties where sexually violent predators may be housed the opportunity to actively participate in conditional release hearings,” according to a news release.

The Los Angeles DA’s office was not notified of an initial hearing at which Hubbart’s release was granted by Brown, according to the timeline from Antonovich’s office.

On Thursday, Antonovich stated on Twitter that Hubbart “should never be released.”

“It’s outrageous that an admitted sexual predator with a long history of brutal crimes against women be released in this community – or any community,” Antonovich said in a statement Friday.” He belongs in an institution where he cannot prey upon the public.”

Public comments on Hubbart’s proposed residence may be submitted to Brown through May 16 via HubbartLASafetyTaskForce@da.lacounty.gov or by writing to:

Hubbart L.A. Safety Task Force
c/o Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Sex Crimes Division
320 West Temple Street, Room 777
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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.

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File photo of Christopher Hubbart, the so-called “Pillowcase Rapist.”

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.

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A Santa Clara judge on Friday chose Lake Los Angeles as the tentative location where Christopher Hubbart, the so-called Pillowcase Rapist, will live once he is released from Coalinga State Hospital.

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File photo of Christopher Evans Hubbart

Hubbart’s new address in the 17000 block of Laredo Vista Drive (map) is compliant with Jessica’s Law conditions, according to Santa Clara County Court spokesman Joseph Macalusco.

Judge Gilbert Brown will re-review the decision at a hearing on Dec. 4, after the public has had a chance to comment on the ruling, Macalusco said.

The California Supreme Court denied a bid to keep Hubbart in a mental hospital back in August.

The justices rejected a request by District Attorney Jackie Lacey for a new hearing on whether the 62-year-old serial rapist should be released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes, rather than Los Angeles, according to the L.A. Times.

Lacey released a statement announcing her office was “committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that all terms and conditions of Hubbart’s release from custody are strictly enforced.”

Hubbart admitted sexually assaulting more than three dozen women in California between 1971 and 1982.

He was released from prison several times in the past, but was eventually sent back to prison after assaulting more women.

In 1996, Hubbart was declared a “sexually violent predator” and committed to a state hospital for treatment.

Nearly two decades later a Santa Clara County judge ruled in May that Hubbart was eligible for release and ordered him relocated to Los Angeles County.

The exact date of Hubbart’s release was not announced.

It was initially reported that he would be released in the city of Palmdale, but authorities later said that the home was in unincorporated Lake Los Angeles.

Once released, Hubbart must wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, report his movements and submit to regular lie detector and other tests, according to the L.A. Times.

Public responses to the decision can be sent to the L.A. District Attorney’s Office, Lacey said Friday, adding that she wanted residents to “have ample opportunity to share their feelings on locating Hubbart in Lake Los Angeles.”

Until Nov. 29, the public can submit written comments to  by emailing HubbartLASafetyTaskForce@da.lacounty.gov.

Comments can also be mailed to this address:

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

Members of the public can also address Judge Brown directly at the Dec. 4 hearing at Santa Clara County Court, Lacey’s office confirmed.

L.A. Times contributed to this report.

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Christopher Evans Hubbart
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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Christopher Hubbart, the so-called Pillowcase Rapist could be released in Los Angeles County within weeks after the California Supreme Court denied a bid to keep him in a state mental hospital.

The justices rejected a request by District Attorney Jackie Lacey for a new hearing on whether the 62-year-old serial rapist should be released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes, rather than Los Angeles, according to the L.A. Times.

Lacey released a statement Wednesday announcing her office was “committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that all terms and conditions of Hubbart’s release from custody are strictly enforced.”

Hubbart admitted sexually assaulting more than three dozen women in California between 1971 and 1982, most of them in the Los Angeles area.

He was released from prison several times in the past, but was eventually sent back to prison after assaulting more women.

In 1996, Hubbart was declared a “sexually violent predator” and committed to a state hospital for treatment.

Nearly two decades later a Santa Clara County judge ruled in April that Hubbart was eligible for release and ordered him relocated to Los Angeles County.

The exact date of Hubbart released was not announced.

Once released, Hubbart must wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, report his movements and submit to regular lie detector and other tests, according to the L.A. Times.

L.A. Times contributed to this report.

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