May 6, 2013 9:29 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Who pays to monitor sexually violent predators?

Sexually violent predator Tibor Karsai was released as a transient last month in Santa Barbara County and there are questions about who is picking up the tab as he transitions back into the community.

Karsai served five years in prison for raping a 19-year old girl in 1975. He was paroled in 1980 and convicted later that year for raping a 16-year old girl.

Since Karsai was released from a state hospital, he now lives in a motorhome in northern Santa Barbara County.

After checking with the state, we found out Karsai's motorhome, his around the clock security guards and GPS monitor are all paid for by taxpayers.

The Department of State Hospitals' contract with Liberty Healthcare is $3.2 million a year to supervise and treat patients like Karsai released as transients.

Karsai is one of ten sexually violent predators in California currently monitored by Liberty Healthcare.

That averages $320,000 a year the public pays to supervise and house them.

Karsai is a conditionally released sexually violent predator. That means if he breaks the law or any rules of his treatment plan he will immediately be returned to custody.

With the exception of his housing, Karsai has to be self-supportive. That means he must pay for food, clothing and other personal expenses.

If sexually violent predators aren't able to support themselves, the state offers funds as a loan, but they must be repaid.

The Coalinga State Hospital had to release Karsai last month under a Placer County judge's order.

The cost to keep a sexually violent predator in custody at that state mental hospital is about $206,450 a year.

We don't know how long Karsai will be under this treatment plan. It could be up to a year.

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