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Residents want to keep Christopher Hubbart, aka the "pillowcase rapist," out of their Calif. neighborhood

Christopher Hubbart, seen here in an undated photo, admitted to raping nearly 40 women between 1971 and 1982, according to the District Attorney�s office. CBS Los Angeles

Christopher Hubbart in an undated photo; the 62-year-old admitted to raping nearly 40 women between 1971 and 1982, according to the LOs Angeles District Attorney's office.
CBS Los Angeles
(CBS) LAKE LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The residents of a Southern Calif. community are fighting back against a judge's decision to allow a soon-to-be-released serial rapist - also known as the "pillowcase rapist" - to live in their neighborhood, according to CBS Los Angeles.

A Santa Clara County judge reportedly announced last Friday that Christopher Hubbart, 62, a man convicted of raping nearly 40 women between 1971 and 1982, could be living in a Lake Los Angeles home when he's conditionally released in the coming months.

The community was allegedly chosen because, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, it was the only one that complied with Jessica's Law, which bans sex offenders released from prison from living within 2,000 feet of parks and schools.

The landlord had reportedly agreed to rent Hubbard the home but a final decision on his housing will be made sometime in December, according to the station.

One woman told the station that she is planning to open a daycare center, and therefore, by law, Hubbart would not be able to live in the neighborhood.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Hubbart was given the "pillowcase rapist" nickname because he muffled his victims' screams with pillowcases.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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