A Santa Clara County judge’s release of Christopher Evans Hubbart sparked an outcry from Los Angeles County officials Friday, with the announcement that the convicted serial rapist would be released to a Lake Los Angeles community in Antelope Valley.
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Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich called the release of Hubbart — who admitted to raping 26 women in the Los Angeles area in the early 1970s and an additional 15 in Northern California in the early 1980s — “an unconscionable threat to public safety.”
Hubbart, known as “the Pillowcase Rapist,” is expected to live at 20135 E. Ave R in an unincorporated part of the Antelope Valley in Los Angeles County.
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“Despite the best efforts by the Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Judge Brown refused to order Hubbart to undergo a new mental health evaluation to determine his mental state prior to his release,” Antonovich said. “His last mental health evaluation was fifteen months ago.”
Both Antonovich and Lacey issued statements condemning the move Friday.
His parole was revoked numerous times due to the nature of his convictions, concerns about his mental condition and the threat he could pose to public safety, according to a statement from the District Attorney’s Office.
“The Judge’s order failed to consider the objections by law enforcement as well as the grave concerns expressed by the community who sent thousands of opposition letters,” he said. “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.”
Assemblyman Steve Fox, D-Antelope Valley, who also represents the area Hubbart is expected to be released to, made a statement following legislation he proposed in the the Legislature.
Assembly Bill 1607, which passed unanimously, would make a technical revision to the Sexual Violent Predator Act and require that a potential county a sexual violent predator would be released back to, to be given notice and an opportunity to be heard in court prior to determining the location where the offender will be required to live.
Once the court determines domicile, the placement and conditional release will be supervised by the county of residence – transferring the jurisdiction from one court to another.
“The court has made a horrendous error in judgment in deciding to place this parolee into Lake Los Angeles,” Fox said. “This is an unfair decision that flies in the face of the traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice. We are being dumped on.”
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Source: Santa Clarita News