A convicted rapist has been released from a state hospital to northern Santa Barbara County.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced that Tibor Karsai, 60, was released Monday from Coalinga State Hospital and will take up residence in Santa Barbara County where he will register as a “transient” sex offender.
“Karsai will be living in a motor home in several remote locations in northern Santa Barbara County,” said Kelly Hoover, spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. “He will have a GPS device attached and will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by guards contracted by the State of California Department of Mental Health through Liberty Healthcare.”
A judge had originally ordered that Karsai be released to San Luis Obispo County and reside in a mobile home next to the Sheriff’s Office. But San Luis Obispo County officials objected, and the judge changed his ruling.
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Karsai was convicted of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in 1975. After being paroled in 1980, he was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Auburn. He also briefly escaped from prison in 1985.
Santa Barbara County officials fought Karsai’s release for more than 20 months.