Man who sex­u­ally as­saulted teen de­clared dan­ger­ous of­fender

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Mark NIELSEN Cit­i­zen staff

A man with a his­tory of com­mit­ting vi­o­lent and sex­ual of­fences was de­clared a dan­ger­ous of­fender and sen­tenced Thurs­day to 10 years in prison.

Rus­sell Amos, 33, will also be sub­ject to a 10-year long-term su­per­vi­sion or­der upon com­ple­tion of his sen­tence and must spend at least five years in cus­tody be­fore he can ap­ply for pa­role.

Amos has com­mit­ted most of his lengthy list of crimes in the Vic­to­ria area but the fi­nal straw oc­curred in Prince Ge­orge in 2015 when he sex­u­ally as­saulted a 14-year-old girl.

She and a friend, both de­scribed by B.C. Supreme Court Jus­tice Mar­guerite Church as vul­ner­a­ble youth who were liv­ing in group homes, had agreed to travel with Amos from the Fraser Val­ley to Prince Ge­orge in a stolen car.

While on the way to the city and over the next sev­eral days, Amos sup­plied the girl with co­caine and crys­tal metham­phetamine, which she had never pre­vi­ously used. Af­ter about four days, Amos at­tempted to force sex on her while the two were in the ve­hi­cle.

The girl felt “scared and over­whelmed” while wor­ried Amos had a weapon and would be­come vi­o­lent and an­gry. The at­tack ended when Amos thought po­lice were fol­low­ing them and drove back to where they had been stay­ing.

In reach­ing her judg­ment, Church en­dorsed a joint sub­mis­sion from Crown and de­fence coun­sels. Over about a day-and-ahalf, Church heard sub­mis­sions re­gard­ing Amos’ crim­i­nal his­tory and psy­cho­log­i­cal state.

Amos’ has spent most of his adult life in cus­tody for an ar­ray of crimes and is cur­rently serv­ing a five-year sen­tence for a string of rob­beries com­mit­ted in 2015 on Van­cou­ver Is­land.

His record also in­cludes three pre­vi­ous sex­ual of­fences in­clud­ing one against a woman he met at a bus stop af­ter she had left a ses­sion of coun­selling at a sex­ual as­sault cen­tre.

One judge com­mented that he showed “mark­ings of preda­tory be­hav­iour.”

Amos has also had an ex­ten­sive his­tory of drug and al­co­hol abuse and a re­fusal to ac­cept help. The sex­ual as­sault in Prince Ge­orge oc­curred 18 months af­ter he had com­pleted a treat­ment pro­gram, it was noted.

Ac­cord­ing to a psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ment, Amos con­tin­ues to show a high risk for vi­o­lence and sex­ual vi­o­lence that is driven by a wide range of risk fac­tors. Amos has lately shown a will­ing­ness to take treat­ment and there has been some ev­i­dence of progress but more work is needed, the court heard.

Amos was also is­sued a life­time firearms ban and will be on the na­tional sex­ual of­fender reg­istry for 20 years.

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