High-risk of­fender mov­ing back to Van­cou­ver Af­ter #MeToo, Canada sees sharp in­crease in com­plaints

Penticton Herald - - CANADA -

VANCOUER — Van­cou­ver po­lice have is­sued a pub­lic warn­ing about a high-risk of­fender mov­ing into the city who was at the cen­tre of a high-pro­file ab­duc­tion case in 2011.

Po­lice say Ran­dall Ho­p­ley, who is 53, still poses a risk of sig­nif­i­cant harm to the safety of young boys.

Ho­p­ley has served his en­tire six-year sen­tence for break­ing into a home in Spar­wood, B.C., in Septem­ber 2011 and ab­duct­ing a three-year-old boy only to re­turn him four days later phys­i­cally un­harmed.

Van­cou­ver po­lice say the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice of Canada has as­sessed Ho­p­ley as a high risk for vi­o­lent and sex­ual re-of­fend­ing.

A fed­eral pa­role board ruled last year that Ho­p­ley should fin­ish his sen­tence in jail be­cause he was still likely to harm a child, hadn’t par­tic­i­pated in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram­ing and wouldn’t take part in psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ments.

Po­lice say Ho­p­ley is bound by a 10-year su­per­vi­sion or­der in an ef­fort to man­age his risks and his con­di­tions in­clud­ing not be­ing in the pres­ence of any child un­der 16 and abid­ing by a cur­few.

Ho­p­ley is de­scribed as 5-foot 9-inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes and he often wears a beard.

MON­TREAL — The num­ber of sex­ual as­sault com­plaints filed with po­lice and clas­si­fied as founded in­creased sharply in Canada af­ter the #MeToo move­ment went vi­ral in Oc­to­ber 2017.

The in­crease was most pro­nounced in Que­bec, a study pub­lished today by Sta­tis­tics Canada says.

Re­searchers com­pared two pe­ri­ods — be­fore #MeToo from Jan. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, and af­ter from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017.

Que­bec saw the largest in­crease in sex­ual as­saults re­ported to po­lice, ris­ing 61 per cent af­ter #MeToo. The rate jumped to 20 com­plaints per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion from 12.4.

New­found­land and Labrador saw the sec­ond high­est in­crease, ris­ing 36 per cent, and Man­i­toba was next at 27 per cent. The other prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries were be­low the na­tional av­er­age in­crease of 24 per cent.

Na­tion­ally, the fig­ures show an av­er­age of 74 sex­ual as­saults re­ported to po­lice per day af­ter #MeToo, com­pared with 59 per day be­fore.

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