Release of 'Pillowcase Rapist' delayed

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Updated: 7/03 6:24 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has delayed freeing the "Pillowcase Rapist" from a California mental hospital because it's under quarantine.

Christopher Hubbart had been ordered released from Coalinga State Hospital by next Monday. But on Thursday, a Santa Clara County judge pushed the deadline back to July 21.

Prosecutor Vonda Tracey tells the Los Angeles Times that the hospital is quarantined because of a norovirus outbreak. However, Tracey says it doesn't appear that Hubbart has the highly contagious disease.

Hubbart assaulted about 40 women between 1971 and 1982. His pillowcase nickname came from using one to muffle some victims' screams.

Once freed, Hubbart, who's 63, will live in the desert community of Lake Los Angeles northeast of Los Angeles. That's drawn protests from locals who fear he remains a dangerous predator.

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