Convicted Sparwood Child Abductor Still Considered At High Risk to Re-offend

The Parole Board of Canada is unconvinced that Randall Hopley should be re-released into society.

The Parole Board of Canada is unconvinced that Randall Hopley should be re-released into society. Back in 2013, Hopley plead guilty to abducting a three-year-old Sparwood boy, breaking and entering into a home, and possessing stolen property in connection to a September 2011 incident The child was held for four days before being returned to his family physically unharmed. The man was designated by the courts as a long-term offender and was at a high-risk to re-offend, thus sentencing him to more than seven years in prison. Earlier this month, the Parole Board of Canada denied his parole, declaring that he will not be eligible for an early release. The agency believed that the 52-year-old was likely to commit another sexual offence against a child if he were released from custody. Hopley has reportedly not participated in rehabilitation and refused to take a psychological assessment. Whenever his release does occur, Hopley is set to be under strict supervision for the following ten years. - David Opinko

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