Christopher Hubbart raped 40 women between 1971 and 1982. In fact, after he was released from a hospital's supervision in 1979, he added 15 victims to his count. In fact, after another bout behind bars in 1990, he added yet another victim to that tally.

And so, it is with some surprise that L.A. authorities are facing the fact that a judge recently granted Hubbart's request for conditional release from prison:

Isn't it clear that he has a record of attacking when he's granted freedom?

That's the argument of L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who announced this week that she's filing a legal challenge to the release.

Twenty-six of Hubbart's 40 victims were in L.A., authorities say. And that's where he'll be released, according to the order from a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge.

His current home is the Coalinga State Hospital in Santa Clara County.

Lacey notes in a statement that someone who attacked multiple times, as Hubbart did, would probably face life behind bars today.

Credit: Jackie Lacey

Credit: Jackie Lacey

As it is, much of the sex criminal's life in the system was spent in medical facilities being treated. Lacey:

Our ultimate goal is to seek justice for all residents of Los Angeles County and make sure sexually violent predators remain in custody. This inmate has a long history of horrific violence against women and we must act to keep our community safe.

Lacey is taking her case to the 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose.

But, just in case, she's notifying local victims that Hubbart is otherwise headed for freedom in Southern California. How horrific.

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