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'Bolder than Most' rapist: Alvin Quarles remains in custody as judge reviews new documents

Posted at 11:26 AM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 20:40:11-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A hearing regarding the possible release of the man known as the “Bolder than Most” rapist was rescheduled to next week.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office told 10News the judge may reconsider a prior decision to release 56-year-old Alvin Quarles but will first review evaluations submitted by mental health professionals.

On Friday, a status hearing was moved to Jan. 11, with an evidentiary hearing to be set after that meeting.

The rescheduling will allow the judge to review new, sealed documents of Quarles’ most recent mental health evaluations.

In the meantime, Quarles will remain in custody at Coalinga State Hospital.

Mary Taylor, who was attacked by Quarles, told 10News outside of the courthouse that she felt a sense of relief.

“Judge Gill has ordered an evidentiary hearing,” Taylor said. “Which means he is reconsidering his decision to release Quarles.”

In 1989, Quarles was sentenced to 50 years in prison for raping 11 women at knifepoint during the 1980s. Authorities dubbed him the “Bolder than Most” rapist because he would often victimize his targets in their own homes or force the victims’ husbands or boyfriends to watch.

Quarles became eligible for parole in 2013, but he was transferred to a state hospital in 2014 and declared a sexually violent predator.

In August 2018, the Department of State Hospitals proposed having Quarles moved to a home in the Jacumba Hot Springs area after a judge found that he was eligible for conditional release into the community with supervision.

However, many of Quarles’ victims and County Supervisor Dianne Jacob were opposed to the move, arguing he stilled posed a risk to the community.

Medical officials at Coalinga State Hospital said Quarles was not considered safe to be released.

Jacob said Friday, “He has not gone through that entire program at Coalinga State hospital, number one. Mental health experts determined he was not safe to be released into the community.”

Prior to an October 2018 hearing, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to block Quarles’ release into the East County.

“I think we have a chance,” said Jacob. “We have a chance because this case is very, very different.”