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News of Ronald Aucoin's release in 2012 sparked public outcry. On the Halifax police Facebook page dozens of people called for Aucoin to be exiled, locked up for life, or worse. (Halifax Regional Police)

The family of a convicted sex offender from Dartmouth says they’re relieved he's back behind bars so he can get the help he needs.

Ronald "Ronnie" James Aucoin will serve a 165-day sentence for breaching conditions to stay away from children.

"The family is breathing a sigh of relief that finally something is coming," said his uncle, Chris Jennings.

"When he's been spoken with, you don't necessarily get the feeling that you're talking to another adult. So there's questions there.

"We're saying he should be assessed to find out why he's able to do certain things and why he's not able to control other things.”

Aucoin has a long history in the legal system.

In 2003, he was convicted of four counts of sexual touching involving a young boy. He was sentenced to two years of house arrest, which he spent in his grandmother's Dartmouth home.

At the time, a lot of people questioned the sentence and protested outside the house.

Then in 2011 Aucoin was convicted in Antigonish of two counts of sexual interference. He abused a 15-year-old boy he picked up during his travels as a truck driver.

He was released from prison in October 2012, but Halifax Regional Police warned he was a high risk to reoffend.

One of his conditions of release was to stay away from children. But he didn’t obey.

Jennings said his nephew doesn't understand he can’t be around children without supervision.

“He's got a young mind, plays games and what not,” he said. “The reinforcement that we're getting from the judge just gives us more ammunition that we need to be much more vigilant with Ronnie and with the family any time there are kids around.”

When Aucoin is released he'll be placed on two years of probation. And the sentencing judge wants Aucoin back in court for updates on his situation.

Jennings said the family is hopeful that this time things will work out.

"There's been time wasted that could have been time that was used to help him," he said.