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Lake Los Angeles home planned for serial rapist now unavailable

City News Service | 11/1/2013, 1:34 p.m.
Christopher Hubbart

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The owner of a Lake Los Angeles residence where a serial rapist was expected to live upon his release from a state hospital withdrew the property from consideration, the District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Christopher Hubbart, the so-called “Pillowcase Rapist,” was expected to move to a rented house at 17132 Laredo Vista in Lake Los Angeles when released from Coalinga State Hospital in Santa Clara County, perhaps as early as next month.

The home reportedly is close to a county park and a community church with a youth ministry.

A spokeswoman for District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she could not immediately say whether any alternative locations were being considered or whether a judge would now weigh in on the situation.

A hearing in Santa Clara Superior Court was previously scheduled for Dec. 4 to finalize Hubbart’s housing in Lake Los Angeles.

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.

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.

Hubbart is being held at Coalinga State Hospital in Santa Clara County.

His attorneys have argued that their client’s detention violates his rights to due process.

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

Lacey’s office and Antonovich have strongly opposed plans to allow Hubbart 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.