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Lake Los Angeles community unhappy with projected relocation of convicted rapist

Friday, October 25, 2013

A judge's shocking decision could lead to the early release of a man convicted of raping 38 women, and he'll be making his home in Los Angeles County.

That judge has already picked out Lake Los Angeles, a neighborhood near Palmdale, for serial rapist Christopher Hubbart.

"I am not very happy at all. My dad is a long-distance truck driver so he leaves my mom at home a lot and I work awkward hours so it leaves her vulnerable and that is a little ridiculous," said Lake Los Angeles resident Eddie Tapia. "We are trying to make this a good community and this is not helping none."

Lake Los Angeles residents Eyewitness News talked to do not want Hubbart in their community. Hubbart, 62, is expected to be released from a mental hospital where has been held for years, and under a judge's order he would be moved into a rental home in Lake Los Angeles.

"You are going to put somebody like this out here? It just ain't right," said Lake Los Angeles resident Jerry Tapia.

Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford says the residents of Lake Los Angeles are not happy.

"Outrageous. How do we deserve this? This type of individual we know is trouble," said Ledford.

While talking to one resident a school bus drove onto the very street Hubbart would be living on.

"There is another bus full of kids right there. This neighborhood's got a lot of kids in it. This guy should have never got out of prison. I mean, he's a repeat offender, he's sick," said Lake Los Angeles resident Bart Stone.

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.

Before releasing Hubbart, the judge will first hold a public hearing on December 4 to allow the public to express its concerns. L.A. County D.A. officials say it will probably be late December before the house will be ready for Hubbart to move in.

The judge says the house is "Jessica's Law"-compliant, meaning it is a prescribed distance from schools. Upon release Hubbart would also be under electronic surveillance and possible armed guard. L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich argues that is not good enough. A map shows the house that Hubbart would be living in is within walking distance of a park and school.

"You have this type of person coming into a community, a serial rapist. You have children, you have communities, citizens who are endangered by this type of individual. He belongs in a mental institution," said Antonovich.

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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