H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Mar 26, 2013 2:54 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Sexually violent predator to be released into Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office released a statement today saying the California Supreme Court denied their second Petition for Review, therefore allowing the release of Tibor Karsai, 59, into Santa Barbara County as a "transient."

A press release states: "The District Attorney's Office has now done everything it could to prevent Karsai's release." The release continued by saying the goal all along has been to protect the Santa Barbara community and try to prevent Karsai from re-offending.

Karsai is expected to be released in approximately two weeks. Liberty Healthcare Corporation, a contractor designated by the California Department of Mental Health's Conditional Release Program, will be responsible for monitoring Karsai.

Karsai was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in northern California in 1980. He served 30 years in prison, and is currently in a mental hospital in Placer County.

The Santa Barbara Co. D.A.'s Office says they appealed the order to the 3rd District Court of Appeals once, and twice to the California Supreme Court.

"Do not release him as a transient," said Joyce Dudley, Santa Barbara County District Attorney. "Release him to a place where he can get services in a home anywhere in California, including Santa Barbara County. We weren't saying he shouldn't be released in Santa Barbara County, we were saying he needs to be released where he can get the services he needs in order not to reoffend."

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