Repeat sex offender Christopher Hubbart has been released from prison and housed in Palmdale Ca, according to multiple sources. Hubbart will reside in an unincorporated area on the outskirts of the small town. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Does not feel like the distance is enough.
Antonovich released this statement:
“It is outrageous that an admitted sexual predator with a long history of brutal crimes against women will be released in this community – or any community. He belongs in an institution where he cannot prey upon the public.”
Christopher Hubbart, also known as the pillowcase rapist, has a criminal profile that filled with sexual assaults from 1971-1982. Officials believe while he has served time for the rapes he admitted to, he may be guilty of an additional 70 unreported rapes.
Hubbart testified in court that he started breaking into homes and watching women when he was a teen. Once he turned 21, Hubbart began violently assaulting women in 1972 and for those crimes he was labeled a violent sexual offender. He was sentenced to 6 ½ years in a mental institution. Hubbart began sexually assaulting women again and was sentenced to 16 years in prison, but was paroled in 1990. He re-offended that same year. In 1993, He was paroled again for two months but was taken back into police custody in 1996 where he remained until recently.
Hubbart’s release opens up a 45 day period in which locals can publicly comment how they feel about his release into the community. The comments will be considered at Hubbart’s next hearing.
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey stated she wasn’t nearly finished with the case and that she intends to protect her community.
I spoke with local resident Princess Dale, a woman with children living in the Palmdale area. She had this to say:
“I am kind of disturbed by the news, but hopeful that he has learned his lesson.”
Statistically, repeat offenders are more likely to repeat their crime than first time offenders. Research conducted by the Department of Justice found that offenders who had assaulted women were 39 percent less likely to offend again after a period longer than 5 years had passed. Studies have also found that offenders are 40 percent less likely to offend again if given the proper behavioral treatment.
Last May, after the repeat sex offender petitioned for his own release, a Santa Clara judge found Christopher Hubbart to be fit for freedom.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Vonda Tracey said Hubbart will be required to wear an ankle bracelet, undergo 24 hour monitoring for the next 30 days, and will be subjected to alcohol and drug testing as well as lie detector tests.
Hubbart has been confined for nearly two decades for the violent rapes of over two dozen women and many residents of the Antelope Valley are outraged he is being relocated to their hometown. The repeat sex offender was originally going to stay in a home 7 miles from his current Palmdale location in the city of Lake Los Angeles, but the property owner withdrew the offer from Christopher Hubbart due to pressure from the community. A property owner has since allowed Christopher Hubbart to rent a house on the 23000 bock in Palmdale on west Ave. R, despite him being a repeat sex offender.
By Sarah Wright.
The Los Angeles Times