British Columbia

Charge recommended after paroled B.C. child abductor allegedly contacted sex offender

A parole board has recommended a criminal charge of failing to comply with supervision orders for a man convicted of abducting a three-year-old boy from his home in Sparwood, B.C., in 2011.

Randall Hopley was released last November after serving time for abducting 3-year-old boy in 2011

Randall Hopley, now 54, served five years in prison for abducting a three-year-old boy from his home in Sparwood, B.C., in 2011. The parole board has recommended a new charge of failing to comply with supervision orders against him. (Vancouver Police Department via the Canadian Press)

A parole board has recommended a criminal charge of failing to comply with supervision orders for a man convicted of abducting a three-year-old boy from his home in Sparwood, B.C.

Randall Hopley served almost five years for abduction and breaking and entering but was released last November under a long-term supervision order to a residential facility in the Lower Mainland.

A board decision released Monday says police received information a month after Hopley's release that he allegedly sent a letter to a high-profile sex offender on supervision suggesting a relationship, offering the offender gifts and a cellphone so they could discuss previous criminal matters.

In June, the decision says Hopley acted threateningly toward a parole supervisor and when officers were sent to pick him up he resisted arrest.

Hopley abducted the three-year-old in September 2011 and returned him unharmed a few days later.

He was under numerous release conditions including that he stay away from children under 16 and keep the peace.

Randall Hopley arrives for his dangerous offender hearing in 2013. (CBC)

The Parole Board of Canada decision, dated Aug. 16, says it appears Hopley's risk is unmanageable and recommends the Crown charge Hopley with breaching his conditions.

Dan McLaughlin of the B.C. Prosecution Service said it generally doesn't comment on charges that may be under investigation or charge assessment.

'You lost control of your emotions'

The decision says Hopley, 54, hasn't developed significant insight into his risks, particularly his sexual risk factors.

"When you were provided with information you did not agree with, you lost control of your emotions, deflected responsibility from yourself to your former parole supervisor and behaved in a threatening and obstructive manner. When police came to your door, you resisted," it says.

The decision says Hopley hasn't accepted responsibility for the circumstances for his previous parole suspensions and has no insight into his sexually deviant or high-risk behaviour.

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