Fresno City Council has now joined the fight to keep a serial rapist behind bars


The entire Fresno City Council has now joined the fight to keep a serial rapist behind bars.

Rudolph Acosta know as the “Tower District Rapist” terrorized the community in the early 90’s. Under a new law he’s eligible for early release and he’s said he’d like to live back in Fresno.

Councilmembers have sent a letter to the Parole Board urging them to keep him behind bars.

“There have been many a time where I have let the fear get the best of me and it’s broken me a few times,” Mirna Garcia one of Acosta’s victims said Friday.

Now her pain has turned to purpose. “I’m not going to stand on the sidelines and allow him to get out without a fight,” she said.

Garcia’s one of eight women Acosta was convicted of raping in the early 90’s. Under California’s Youthful Offender Program he’s now eligible for parole.

Garcia said she’ll speak at his hearing, and is still searching for words to match the horror of his actions.

“How do you sum all that up on a piece of paper and condense it? To get the point across to the board and plea with them to not let this monster out?,” she said.

Garcia said she did not know where to start and reached out to councilmember Esmeralda Soria.

“I’m thankful for you. We wouldn’t be this far in this journey if it wasn’t for you hearing me out,” she said to her.

Now the entire city council is in her corner.

“We are behind her because we want to send a strong message to the Board of Parole that we do not want him in our neighborhoods and in our community victimizing one more person,” Soria said.

Garcia said she will be joined at Acosta’s hearing by another victim’s sister.

“The community needs to be protected. I don’t want (Acosta) to be released and given the opportunity to hurt one more person,” she said.

The parole hearing is set for July 30th.

Soria said the council will also be sending a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom next week.

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