Before the man dubbed the "jogger rapist" for a series of 1980 sexual attacks in Sacramento could get out of custody, a jury has decided he should not be released.
The jury agreed Thursday with the District Attorney's Office that Joseph M. Maggard should be declared a sexually violent predator. The law allows for the designation to protect society from a small but dangerous number of sexually violent people.
"Their verdict helps ensure that Sacramento is protected from this individual engaging in future violent sexual offenses," said Deputy District Attorney David Brown.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Troy L. Nunley ordered Maggard committed to the state Department of Mental Health for an indeterminate time in confinement and treatment, according to a DA news release.
Maggard's history of violent sexual assaults dates to the 1960s-70s, according to the DA. In summer 1980, he was dubbed the "jogger rapist" for attacking women at knifepoint while wearing what witnesses described as a blue jogging suit. Found guilty, he was sentenced to 49 years in prison for the attacks.
Maggard pleaded guilty to attacking four women, ages 18 to 38, between June 27 and Aug. 7, 1980, in Sacramento's La Riviera-Rosemont area.