Tower District serial rapist denied parole

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AVENAL, California – The serial rapist who terrorized Fresno’s Tower District in the early 90s was denied parole Tuesday.

Rudolph Acosta was sentenced to 78-years in prison in 1992 for raping eight women. He is now 53-years-old. Though he’s served only 28 years of his sentence, he is eligible for parole under a new California program.

Tuesday was Acosta’s first scheduled parole hearing at Avenal State Prison. He is eligible for early release under California’s Youthful Offender Program, which offers parole to offenders who commit crimes when they were younger than 26-years-old.

His attorney recommended Acosta not be present during the hearing, and he complied. His attorney attended on his behalf.

Survivors and the family of survivors in attendance were upset Acosta was not at the hearing. One survivor was present and explained to the commissioners why she felt Acosta should stay in prison. A letter written by another survivor was read, and the family of a third survivor in attendance also read a letter to the board.

Commissioners said they regret Acosta was not present as they would have liked to discuss what steps he’s taken to identify “triggers” to his behavior. Acosta’s parole was denied.

The next hearing will be held in three years.

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