Alvin Ray Quarles. Photo via state
Alvin Ray Quarles. Photo via state Department of Corrections

Attorneys on Wednesday will discuss what evidence will be permitted for a determination on whether a sexually violent predator known as the “Bolder-Than-Most” rapist should be placed back into the community, where the felon would continue treatment under a conditional release program.

Last fall, San Diego Superior Court Judge David M. Gill ordered that Alvin Ray Quarles, 56, be released to a home in Jacumba Hot Springs, a decision that prosecutors, along with county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, requested that Gill reconsider. An evidentiary hearing is tentatively set for May 16 to determine whether or not Quarles is fit to be released, with at least some of the relevant evidence to be examined during Wednesday’s hearing.

Witness testimony and a newly drafted psychiatric evaluation from Coalinga State Hospital are expected to factor into Gill’s decision to either place Quarles into the conditional release program, or order him returned to custody.

Meanwhile, an agreement to rent the Jacumba Hot Springs residence has fallen through, which led 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, should he be released.

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.

— City News Service