Sex of­fender granted full pa­role

Shane Dou­glas Doucette sen­tenced in 2014 for sex of­fences in­volv­ing a girl about 15 years younger than him

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.Ross@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/ryan­r­ross

A Char­lot­te­town man who was sen­tenced to seven years in prison for sex of­fences in­volv­ing an un­der­age girl who was about 15 years younger than him has been granted full pa­role.

Shane Dou­glas Doucette was sen­tenced in 2014 af­ter plead­ing guilty to sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence, in­vi­ta­tion to sex­ual touch­ing and fail­ing to ap­pear in court.

In grant­ing Doucette full pa­role, the pa­role board said it was sat­is­fied his re­lease plan had the right level of struc­ture and the re­sources he needed to mit­i­gate his risk to so­ci­ety.

Doucette’s of­fences started with in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct to­ward the vic­tim when she was eight years old.

The sex­ual abuse es­ca­lated over the years un­til he was hav­ing in­ter­course with her on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

He later made state­ments to the po­lice that it was a con­sen­sual sex­ual re­la­tion­ship.

Doucette also told po­lice age was just a num­ber, which was a state­ment the sen­tenc­ing judge called “com­pletely in­com­pre­hen­si­ble.”

While Doucette’s case was be­fore the courts he left the prov­ince and went to Toronto where he was ar­rested and brought back to P.E.I.

In its re­port, the pa­role board said a psy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tion found his risk of re­laps­ing into com­mit­ting sex of­fences was high.

Doucette com­pleted sev­eral pro­grams while in cus­tody, in­clud­ing some tar­get­ing sex of­fend­ers.

The board said since Doucette has been on day pa­role he has fol­lowed the rules, reg­u­la­tions and spe­cial con­di­tions im­posed on him and he has main­tained em­ploy­ment.

He has also re­ceived coun­selling, taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions and shown mo­ti­va­tion for change, the board said.

“It is ap­par­ent to the board that, since the start of your sen­tence, you have made pos­i­tive gains, which are mea­sur­able and ob­serv­able.”

Doucette’s plan for full pa­role in­cluded tran­si­tion­ing to his own apart­ment.

He also planned to meet reg­u­larly with his pa­role of­fi­cer and a psy­chol­o­gist.

With his re­lease, Doucette will have to fol­low eight con­di­tions, in­clud­ing that he not have any con­tact with the vic­tim or her fam­ily.

Doucette is banned from be­ing in the pres­ence of any fe­male younger than 18 un­less an adult who knows his crim­i­nal his­tory and has ap­proval from his pa­role su­per­vi­sor ac­com­pa­nies him.

He is not al­lowed near places where chil­dren younger than 18 are likely to be, such as schools, parks, swim­ming pools and recre­ational cen­tres un­less ac­com­pa­nied by an adult his pa­role su­per­vi­sor ap­proves.

“You groomed and ma­nip­u­lated your young fe­male vic­tim and sex­u­ally abused her over many years,” the board said.

The fi­nal con­di­tion im­posed a ge­o­graphic re­stric­tion to keep Doucette away from the area where his vic­tim lives.

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