'Pillowcase rapist' released to home near Palmdale; residents protest

'Pillowcase rapist' released to home near Palmdale; residents protest
The Lake Los Angeles house where Christopher Hubbart is expected to live during his stint in the state's conditional release program for sexually violent predators. (Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times)

Convicted serial rapist Christopher Hubbart was discharged Wednesday from a state mental health hospital to his new home in Lake Los Angeles, officials said.

Hubbart, 63, arrived in the afternoon to the home in the 20300 block of East Avenue R, prompting a small protest from a group of residents.


Residents screamed and yelled after a car carrying Hubbart pulled up to the home.

"I just feel he shouldn't be here," resident Sharon Duvernay said. "It just makes me sick.

Duvernay, who lives two homes away from Hubbart's new residence, was raped when she was 3, she said.

"The same things he did to his victims, happened to me," she said.

Duvernay said she expected his release would come soon, even though state officials had delayed it from July 7 because of a norovirus outbreak at the mental health hospital in Coalinga where he was being held.

"They have lied to us many times, so residents were already on heightened alert," she said.

Hubbart, who admitted to assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s, has been confined since 1996 due to his violent sexual tendencies.

Hubbart earned the nickname "pillowcase rapist" because he sometimes muffled women's screams with pillowcases.

In May, a Northern California judge decided to grant Hubbart's release, even after a half-dozen Antelope Valley residents voiced their objections about his placement.

Hubbart was ordered to wear an ankle GPS monitor 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hubbart will attend group and individual therapy sessions twice a week, and will be supervised by the Liberty Conditional Release Program.

A supervisor with the program will also accompany him during any public trips for the first six months to a year after his release.

Hubbart must also report to the judge in San Jose for quarterly progress reports.

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