SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego County Superior Court judge will weigh Friday whether he is legally allowed to reconsider his prior decision to place a sexually violent predator known as the "Bolder-Than-Most" rapist back into the community.
The felon would continue treatment under a conditional release program.
Last October, San Diego Superior Court Judge David M. Gill ordered Alvin Ray Quarles, 56, released to a home in Jacumba Hot Springs. But an agreement to rent that residence fell through, leading Gill to order Liberty Healthcare Corp., which runs the conditional release program, to conduct a countywide search for a new place for Quarles to live.
Prosecutors, along with county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, have since requested that Gill reconsider his decision, though whether he is allowed to reverse the ruling, under state law, is unclear.
Should Gill rule Friday that he can reverse the decision, witness testimony and a newly drafted psychiatric evaluation from Coalinga State Hospital are expected to factor into his decision on either placing Quarles into the conditional release program, or ordering him returned to custody.
Quarles 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.
He 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.