Despite many protests, a judge has concluded that a serial rapist be released to live in the Los Angeles County community. Christopher Evans Hubbart is better known as the “Pillowcase Rapist” for his attacks on women between 1970s and 1980s. Following his order to be freed, the serial rapist will be allowed to live in remote Southern California desert area, the county now braces for the entrance of the serial rapist.
Hubbart, who is not 63-years-old, must be released from a state facility by July 7. The ruling came from Gilbert Brown who is Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge. Hubbart will be allowed to rent a house near Palmdale. The city is located roughly 45 miles away from downtown Los Angeles.
Jackie Lacey is a District Attorney and had spent months fighting against Hubbart’s release. Following the ruling, Lacey announced that the city officials are now preparing for Hubbart. He had stated that the safety of the citizens is the top concern. In order to brace for the entrance of the serial rapist in the California County, officials are planning to do everything in their authority to protect the residents.
Some of the security measures that are going to be imposed on Hubbart include that he will be required to wear a GPS monitor on his ankle. Hubbart will be required to wear the monitor 24 hours a day, all week long. He will also be accompanied by security whenever he goes out in public. These requirements will last for at least the first six months and possibly up to a year after his release. He is also required to attend therapy sessions twice a week.
The daylong hearing happened in Northern California, where objections were heard from many residents of Palmdale area. Those who objected had taken the time to drive 350 miles in order to attend the hearing.
Following the announcement, there has been an enormous outpouring of petitions, cards, emails, postings and letters on a website which has been set up by Lacey for public comment.
Following his attacks between 1971 and 1982, Hubbart has acknowledged assaulting and raping at least 40 women. He gained his nickname due to his use of pillows in order to muffle the screams of his victims. Following his arrest, Hubbart was sentenced to 16 years in prison. After he was released on parole in 1990, Hubbart was arrested for a new attack and returned to prison for another six years.
In 1996, he was classified as a sexually violent predator with a high chance of re-offending, and as a result was placed in the state mental hospital. Recently, the doctors in the hospital have concluded that Hubbart was fit for release. However, few options were available for Hubbart’s relocation. According to California laws, sex offenders are barred from living within 2,000 feet of schools, playgrounds and other places where children congregate. This had eliminated nearly all urban areas in the state.
Residents of the area, such as Cheryl Holbrook, have created a community group with plans to fight Hubbart’s release. Holbrook had also announced that there are plans to protest at his new home. The news have caused anger and frustration among the citizens of the community, including Holbrook, who was willing to speak with the media. She described how she shook when she heard the news. The announcement had triggered many horrifying memories for victims of rape who also reside in the area.
The community worries that there will be future victims if Hubbart is released. “The blood [of the victims] is going to be on that judge’s shoulders” Holbrook concluded as the community in the tiny California town braced for the release of the serial rapist.
By Ivelina Kunina