Convicted rapist Christopher Evans Hubbart, better known as the "Pillowcase rapist," will be allowed to live near Palmdale, close to his California stalking grounds, once he is released from state custody, a Santa Clara judge ruled Friday.
KCBS-TV reported that Hubbart, 62, admitted to raping 40 women
from 1971 and 1982. More than two dozen of the crimes occurred in the Los Angeles area. Palmdale is located just north of Los Angeles.
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Judge Gilbert Brown said he will reside in the 20000 block of East Avenue R in unincorporated Antelope Valley. However, it is unclear when he will be released.
His release and proximity to Los Angeles has angered Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
"It's outrageous that an admitted sexual predator with a long history of brutal crimes against women will be released in this community — or any community," Antonovich told KCBS-TV. "He belongs in an institution where he cannot prey upon the public."
Brown will consider concerns of the community.
"This action opens up a 45-day window for public comment which will be considered by (Brown) at the next court hearing" a news release stated, according to KCBS-TV.
According to KTLA-TV, Hubbart
was originally set to live in a home in an unincorporated community of Lake Los Angeles, but the homeowner withdrew the property from consideration after residents and politicians protested the decision.
Tony Bell, an Antonovich spokesman, said that Hubbart will be under 24-hour surveillance the first month after his release.
"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 a statement.
Lacey reportedly fought to have Hubbart released in Santa Clara County instead of Los Angeles County.
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