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Judge to decide on taking serial rapist back into custody

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hearing on ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ Christopher Hubbart underway.

A Santa Clara County judge was reviewing evidence at a hearing Wednesday into whether serial rapist Christopher Hubbart’s conditional release should be revoked. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A serial rapist testified Wednesday in California that forgetfulness led him to let the power in his ankle monitor run too low twice while he was on supervised release — missteps that prompted prosecutors to seek his return to a mental hospital. Dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist,” Hubbart was discharged from a mental health hospital in July to his new home in the 20300 block of East Avenue R in Lake Los Angeles. Another judge released Hubbart from the hospital last year and approved his living in a community near Palmdale, California, in northeast Los Angeles County. Hubbart, 64, is required to wear a monitoring device around his ankle, attend therapy, undergo polygraph exams and submit to random searches of his house.

Hubbart’s release was met with protest and anger from a group of residents who said he never should have been released and feared he would re-offend in their community. Hubbart’s release also has prompted calls from local elected officials for the revocation of his release, and law enforcement officials have said they were concerned about public safety. Many neighbors of Hubbart’s post angry social media comments about his residency, and protesters turn up nearly every day outside Hubbart’s property. Tim Fletcher, a retired police officer in charge of Hubbart’s security, said the two violations were the only blemishes on Hubbart’s record since his release.

Loftus could revoke Hubbart’s release if he finds the ex-convict was trying to bypass security by not fully charging the GPS monitor or decide to give him a firm warning, she said.

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