LOS ANGELES -- The release of a serial rapist linked to attacks on dozens of women will likely be delayed after a landlord decided against supporting the man's move to northern Los Angeles County.
Christopher Hubbart, 62, will still be released, but not before a state contractor searches for a different location, Santa Clara County prosecutor Vonda Tracey told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/17Ep4By).
Hubbart was committed to a state mental hospital for sexually violent predators nearly two decades ago. He admitted to raping 38 women in California between 1971 and 1982.
The landlord's withdrawal of support comes a week after the address in Lake Los Angeles, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, was released publicly as Hubbart's possible new home.
More than 420 people submitted comments about the proposed move, with all but one opposing it.
Tracey said finding housing for Hubbart helps authorities monitor his whereabouts.
"It's much harder to guarantee public safety," she told the newspaper.
Hubbart's attorney, Jeff Dunn, a Santa Clara County public defender, has argued that his client is not a safety risk because he has embraced treatment during his years in the hospital.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com