British Columbia

'Bizarre' dangerous offender denied parole

A sexual offender with a history of violence and abuse who has spent his entire adult life in prison has been rejected once again for parole.

B.C. man who has taken on woman's name considered high-risk

A sexual offender with a history of violence and abuse who has spent his entire adult life in prison has been rejected once again for parole.

His name was Adam Laboucan when, at age 17, he became Canada's youngest dangerous offender after sexually assaulting a three-month-old boy in Quesnel, B.C. — but he's since changed his name to Tara Desousa.

In the 12 years he has been in prison, Desousa has been caught prostituting himself to other prisoners, using drugs and threatening to kill a female guard. He was also found with a homemade knife and was stabbed by another inmate.

"Of particular concern is that you confessed to killing a three-year-old child when you were 11 years of age," a parole board document said. "According to your correctional file, while in a fit of anger, you pushed your victim into a pond."

Because he was under 12, Desousa was never charged in the killing and the only crime on his record is the attack on the baby.

But prior incidents in his correctional file document sexual abuse of his younger relatives and friends, according to the board's latest parole assessment, released Wednesday.

Desousa, 29, has exhibited "bizarre sexual behaviour" and demonstrated a lack of self-control, sexually and emotionally, said the board documents.

"Mutilation of your penis has also occurred, with you claiming [you] want to be female," the board noted.

His gender-identity confusion is mentioned through all seven of his parole board reviews. Since his last parole board review in 2008, Desousa married a fellow inmate but parole documents show he now wants a divorce and hasn't seen his husband since the man's release in 2009.

During his latest hearing held Dec. 7, he admitted having several sexual partners in prison but claimed the relationships were consensual, with no deviance attached to them.

Dysfunctional upbringing

File information indicates Desousa was raised in a dysfunctional family environment and was bullied and teased at school because of gender confusion, lack of acceptance by peers and poor social skills.

"You claimed to have been sexually abused at a young age and reported being beaten and tortured by your mother's boyfriend," the document states.

A 2008 psychological report said Desousa meets the criteria for psychopathy and severe borderline personality disorder.

"He indicated that you were a high-risk to reoffend, both sexually and generally," the report said of the psychologist's assessment.

The board found, however, that Desousa demonstrated a good work ethic in the prison kitchen, had abstained from drugs and alcohol and had a good working relationship with a First Nations elder.

The parole board panel refused Desousa's release on either full or day parole, ruling that a complex set of risk factors related to his gender identity, impulsive behaviour, violence and sexual deviance puts him at high risk to reoffend.

People deemed as dangerous offenders in Canada can be held in prison beyond their original sentences and for an indeterminate time, although they have a right to periodic parole hearings.

The documents did not reveal where Desousa has been imprisoned.