Norovirus Outbreak Delays Release of "Pillowcase Rapist"

Christopher Evans Hubbart has admitted to raping about 40 women in a series of Los Angeles County and Bay Area attacks between 1971 and 1982

By Jason Kandel
|  Thursday, Jul 3, 2014  |  Updated 10:15 PM PDT
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A southern California judge has delayed the release of a convicted serial rapist in custody at a state hospital due to a virus outbreak there, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, was expected to be released to live in Lake Los Angeles on July 7, but his release is being delayed until July 21.

Hubbart, (pictured) who admitted raping some 40 women between 1971 and 1982, has been in the custody of the state at Coalinga State Hospital.

News of his release has angered those living in the small desert community of Lake Los Angeles, about 80 miles northeast of downtown LA.

Hubbart has been in custody since he was designated a sexually violent predator in 1996.

He will be released under a program that contracts with the state to place and supervise sexually violent criminals.

Hubbart must wear a GPS ankle monitor and will be transported to individual therapy sessions twice per week.

He will be accompanied by a supervisor when he goes out in public for the first six months to a year, according to terms of his release.

He was ordered to Los Angeles County because of a state law that states a judge can send a sexually violent predator back to his "alleged county of domicile."

He became known as the so-called "Pillowcase Rapist" because he muffled the screams of his victims with pillowcases.

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