Sentencing / Post-Conviction

'Bolder than most' rapist, due for release, must now face trial that may keep him behind bars

A notorious San Diego rapist has spent 25 years in prison and is set for release, at age 51, but a judge has ruled he must undergo another trial to determine if he still is a sexual predator and should be kept in a state mental hospital, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Under prior law, Alvin Quarles, dubbed by police as the “Bolder Than Most” rapist, had to serve half his 50 year sentence before he could be released for good behavior. In 1994, the law was changed to require violent prisoners to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences. That would have given him another 17½ years to serve.

Quarles sometimes forced husbands or boyfriends to watch the attacks, or forced them to engage in sex while he looked on.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, as well as burglary and robbery charges, in a 1989 plea bargain.

On Thursday, two psychologists testified that Quarles remains a threat. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, who represents two victims, were at the hearing presided over by San Diego Superior Court Judge Louis Hanoian.

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