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Tibor Karsai

Tibor Karsai is shown in 2013.

Convicted rapist Tibor Karsai, who's been on monitored supervision since 2013, was deemed Wednesday by doctors as fit to be released with no supervision — the court is scheduled to decide Aug. 1 whether that will happen.

Karsai, 64, was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in Santa Barbara County in 1974, and received an eight-year sentence for the crime. He was paroled in 1980, and later that same year, he was convicted of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl in Auburn. Karsai was sentenced to 26 years in that case.

He was deemed a sexually violent predator in 1998 by Placer County officials, who later recommended that he be released within Santa Barbara County, his last place of residency. 

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office tried to fight his release in the county while, at the same time, backing the extended supervision recommended by Liberty Healthcare. A Placer County judge ultimately ruled in 2013 that Karsai would be placed back in Santa Barbara County but only under certain conditions, which included monitoring. 

Since 2013, he's been living in a motor home parked in various remote locations in northern Santa Barbara County, with a two-person team from Liberty Healthcare monitoring him around the clock. He was placed on GPS monitoring and had to abide by curfews. His last known address of residency was 5935 Dominion Road, according to the Megan's Law database.

Karsai's transient status as a "sexually violent" predator means that he has to register monthly with the County Sheriff's Office instead of annually, as required by sex offenders with a permanent address. Karsai's case in the past several years has been reviewed on an annual basis to determine whether the supervision terms should be modified. 

Earlier this year, Karsai sought to end his conditioned supervision, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney John Mackinnon.

Three different doctors who analyzed his case and evaluated all of his reports announced Wednesday that they can switch Karsai from conditional release to unconditional release, which means that he'll be out in the community with no supervision, as he no longer meets the criteria of a sexually violent predator, Mackinnon said.

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However, Karsai will still have to register with whatever county he ends up living in, once a court decides to follow the doctors' recommendation and release him. Karsai could have the freedom to live wherever he wants to depending on the ruling next month.

Until his hearing Aug. 1, Karsai remains under conditional release and is still under supervision of Liberty Healthcare and the state hospital. The District Attorney's Office in the meantime will review all reports and recommendations filed by the doctors who analyzed Karsai. 

"On Aug. 1, the District Attorney's Office will decide what we want to request -- we can either oppose the ruling, agree to it, or simply submit it to the court who will then make the final decision," MacKinnon said Wednesday.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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