SAN DIEGO -- A judge heard fierce, emotional protest Friday before ruling to move the sexually violent predator Alvin Quarles from a state hospital into the community of Jacumba Hot Springs in eastern San Diego County starting next month.
About two dozen people -- including one of Quarles' victims -- spoke out in a passionate public comment portion before the decision was finalized.
"He told me if I did not do what he told me, that he would kill me and my roommate. It was really the scariest moment of my life," said Mary Taylor, who Quarles attacked in 1988. "I'm just not convinced. And if another young woman's life changes ... in the middle of the night like mine did, I'll be devastated."
But despite the protest, a judge determined that on or around November 30, Quarles will be placed at a residence at 43050 Desert Rose Ranch Road, about four miles from the downtown area of Jacumba Hot Springs.
Quarles, 56, was dubbed the "Bolder-Than-Most" rapist because of the way he attacked his victims, at knifepoint, sometimes forcing the women's husbands or boyfriends to watch.
Quarles pleaded guilty in 1989 to committing more than a dozen sexual assaults in the mid-to-late 1980s and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Prior to Quarles' release from prison, the District Attorney's Office filed a petition to have him civilly committed as a sexually violent predator.
In 2014, Quarles was committed to the Department of State Hospitals to undergo sex offender treatment. In September 2016, Quarles petitioned the court to be granted release through the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders.
This year, Judge David Gill -- after hearing testimony from numerous witnesses -- found that Quarles was eligible for conditional release into the community with supervision.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has vehemently opposed to placing Quarles in Jacumba Hot Springs.
“Today’s decision and the actions by state officials to place this monster in Jacumba is cruel and misguided," Jacob wrote after the decision. "Jacumba has already been forced to house at least two other sexually violent predators over the years, and rural East County has been a convenient dumping ground for several other predators. It is sickening that families in Jacumba will soon have this serial rapist in their community. No other area in the region has been abused this way. These same callous officials would never allow for a serial rapist to be placed next to their own home.”