- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 12, 2014

After protestors fighting against his release, serial rapist Christopher Hubbart has been freed from prison in California, but with numerous restrictions, essentially placing him under house arrest.

Outlined in his 16-page conditional release terms, Mr. Hubbart must wear a GPS anklet at all times, he needs permission to work, use the Internet, visit the park, beach or pool, he cannot be out alone after dark, and must allow random searches and polygraph tests, the Associated Press reports.

“He’s not going anywhere on his own, and in fact he’s not even allowed to drive a car or take the bus, and probably won’t be at least for another year,” said Santa Clara County prosecutor Vonda Tracey. “If he’s going to the grocery store, somebody’s going with him. Somebody is driving him to his appointments. When he’s not got some place he needs to be, he’s at home, and he’s not allowed to leave the property.”

The 63-year old has admitted to raping or assaulting 40 women between 1971 and 1983. He has been nicknamed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he used a pillowcase to muffle his victims’ screams.

Now Mr. Hubbart lives in a home outside Palmdale, about 70 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, with guards watching him around the clock, to protect the community from him and protect him from protestors.

He has been released as part of the state’s new program to monitor sexually violent predators. Supports of the program say it allows authorities to keep dangerous people who would otherwise be freed as parolees locked up longer and under supervision.

“For somebody who’s on probation or parole, you’ve got one agent for dozens of people,” Ms. Tracey told the news agency. “For sexually violent predators, you have a whole team of people, and their sole job is to keep Christopher Hubbart out of trouble.”

However, some community members continue to be wary of Mr. Hubbart, despite the constant supervision.

“It’s absolutely horrifying,” said Sharon Duvernay, 62, one of Mr. Hubbart’s new neighbors who was raped as a child.

“The restrictions will never be good enough for me. He needs to be in a place where he’s watched 24 hours by more than two guards.”

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