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Parole Board Decides Against Imposing Additional Restrictions on B.C. Sex Offender Hopley, Who Evaded Authorities

B.C. Sex Offender Randall Hopley, Considered High-Risk, Maintains Overnight Community Leave Despite Parole Board Decision

Randall Hopley, a high-risk sex offender in British Columbia who evaded authorities for 10 days in November, will continue to have overnight community leave, approved by his parole officer. This decision comes after the parole board opted not to impose additional restrictions.

Premier David Eby expresses dismay at the ruling, deeming it unacceptable that Hopley, known for abducting a three-year-old boy in 2011, is allowed release with unchanged conditions. The parole board’s decision, issued on Friday, notes Hopley’s repeated breaches of a long-term supervision order and his departure from a Vancouver halfway house on November 4.

Release conditions stipulate Hopley’s distance from children and places where children under 16 gather. He must reside in a specified facility under curfew, with restrictions on internet access. The parole board reveals that Hopley’s release under the supervision order has been suspended four times since 2019 due to breaches.

In 2018, Hopley’s behavior involved secrecy in associating with another high-profile sex offender, extensive engagement in purchasing lingerie, accessing pornography, and using dating sites, according to the parole board’s decision.

Although Hopley’s long-term supervision order was suspended in November 2022 for using a computer at a library and being in proximity to children, the parole board finds no evidence linking these breaches to his authorized overnight leave, maintaining that no alterations are required to the supervision order.

Premier Eby expresses his intention to address the issue with federal authorities, emphasizing the need to reevaluate a system that repeatedly releases Hopley into the community, putting children at risk.

The Correctional Service of Canada had recommended revoking Hopley’s leave privileges, but the parole board’s decision, made public on Wednesday, contradicted this suggestion. Hopley, previously serving a six-year prison term, received a 10-year supervision order for the 2011 abduction.

Following his failure to appear in court in November, Hopley went on the run, facing additional charges for absconding, as reported by the police. Sgt. Steve Addison of the Vancouver Police Department recommends denial of bail for Hopley, citing his violent history, repeated release condition violations, and deliberate evasion of capture.

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