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Serial rapist won't be relocated to Lake Los Angeles home

November 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A convicted serial rapist who may be released early will not be living at a Lake Los Angeles neighborhood, officials said Friday.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the property owner of the residence that was slated to house Christopher Hubbart has withdrawn the property from consideration.

Hubbart, 62, is expected to be released from a mental hospital where he has been held for years, and a judge had said Hubbart would be moved to a rental home in Lake Los Angeles, a neighborhood near Palmdale.

"Our Lake Los Angeles community has been successful in preventing Hubbart's release to their neighborhood," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said in a statement. "This is a significant victory -- however, the fight is not over. Another Los Angeles County community may still be identified by the state which will start this process all over again."

Hubbart has been nicknamed the "Pillowcase Rapist" because of the method he used to silence the cries of his victims. He admitted to 38 rapes committed in the late 1970s and early 1980s in L.A. and San Bernardino counties.

The Santa Clara County district attorney's office says he was committed to a state hospital but later released and raped others in Santa Clara County. Hubbart is currently at Coalinga State Hospital.

There is a 45-day appeal process before Hubbart can be released. It gives the district attorney's office and the public an opportunity to oppose the release. A public hearing will be held on December 4.

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