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Court overturns conditional release of 'Bolder Than Most' rapist

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Posted at 8:18 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 23:37:25-05

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) -- An appeals court today overturned a ruling that would have allowed the conditional release of the “Bolder Than Most” rapist, Alvin Quarles.

The ruling was issued by the 4th District Court of Appeals Monday.

The court said, in part that “Quarles is a serial rapist whose crimes were shockingly brutal and destructive. If he fails after he is conditionally released, considering his past, we shudder to contemplate the consequences of such a failure.”

After news broke of the reversal, Dianne Jacob, who serves on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and has been adamantly against the release, spoke out on Twitter.

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“The court decision is a victory for the region and public safety, but we can't let down our guard. We must continue to fight the placement of sexually violent predators into our communities,” Jacob said in part.

The ruling comes after San Diego County Superior Court Judge David M. Gill's decision to release Quarles to a home somewhere in San Diego County. After his release, he would have undergone treatment through a conditional release program.

Gill's ruling followed a series of closed-door hearings that involved testimony from psychiatrists and other experts.

Quarles was dubbed the "Bolder Than Most" rapist due to the way he attacked his victims at knifepoint, sometimes forcing the women's husbands or boyfriends to watch. In 1989, he pleaded guilty to committing over a dozen sexual assaults in the mid-to-late 1980s. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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In 2014, Quarles was committed to a state hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator, a designation for people convicted of sexually violent crimes diagnosed with a mental disorder that makes them dangerous to the public.

City News Service contributed to this report.