Ab­ducted boy’s dad says fam­ily not told that of­fender freed

Penticton Herald - - CANADA - By The Cana­dian Press

The fa­ther of a boy who was ab­ducted from a home in south­east­ern British Columbia says his fam­ily wasn’t no­ti­fied about the re­lease of the high-risk of­fender.

Ran­dall Ho­p­ley, who is 53, has served his six-year sen­tence for break­ing into a home in Spar­wood and ab­duct­ing the sleep­ing three­year-old in 2011.

He re­turned the boy four days later, phys­i­cally un­harmed.

The boy’s fa­ther, who lives in north­ern Al­berta, told CTV Cal­gary that his fam­ily was shocked and up­set to learn about Ho­p­ley’s free­dom.

He said he is anx­ious about the man’s re­lease but that his son, who is now 10 and in Grade 5, is do­ing well.

Van­cou­ver po­lice have is­sued a pub­lic warn­ing about Ho­p­ley mov­ing into the city be­cause they say he still poses a risk of sig­nif­i­cant harm to young boys.

A Na­tional Pa­role Board de­ci­sion re­leased to The Cana­dian Press on Thurs­day said Ho­p­ley con­tin­ues to be as­sessed as a high risk for sex­ual of­fend­ing against chil­dren.

It said Ho­p­ley is bound by a 10year 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 was also des­ig­nated a long-term of­fender af­ter var­i­ous courts heard that he sex­u­ally as­saulted young chil­dren while liv­ing in a fos­ter home as a teen.

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