'Serious and violent' sex offender to be released from prison next week

A "serious and violent" Calgary sexual offender will be subject to a long list of restrictions following his statutory release on Jan. 14.

Meredith Twoyoungmen is subject to conditions to mitigate risk to the public

Meredith Twoyoungmen, 49, who is described as a violent sex offender, will be released next week. (Calgary Police Service)

A "serious and violent" Calgary sexual offender will be subject to a long list of restrictions following his statutory release next week, according to a Parole Board of Canada decision.

Meredith Twoyoungmen, 49, will be released Jan. 14.

He was sentenced to a year and six months for five breaches of a long-term supervision order and theft under $5,000.

The decision from the parole board stating the conditions of his release, issued Nov. 24, states that Twoyoungmen has a criminal history that includes multiple sexual assaults, drug-related offences, assault on a peace officer and no significant breaks in his criminal behaviour. 

He is subject to a 20-year sex offender registration order, a 10-year supervision order and has an "abysmal" supervision history, the decision reads.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued for him in 2019, nine days after he took off from a community residential facility in Calgary. 

"Your sexual assaults are predatory in nature … serious harm has occurred in your previous offences, in addition to serious emotional harm," the decision reads.

"You are an opportunistic sex offender who lacks impulse control. You also possess serious anger problems toward females, and the majority of your violent offending is against female victims."

It states that Twoyoungmen has used physical violence to control and punish victims and he lacks empathy. 

Twoyoungmen has completed a sex offender program, but the decision said recent withdrawn sexual offence charges appear to indicate that he has demonstrated little progress and there are significant concerns about his behaviour.

"The board is concerned with your violence, substance abuse, poor decision-making, impulsiveness and non-compliance — all of which are directly linked to your crime cycle. You have a serious and violent criminal history," the decision reads. 

It says due to these concerns, Twoyoungmen will have to reside at a halfway house after his release. 

He'll be subject to multiple conditions to mitigate risk, including:

  • He can't consume, buy or own alcohol or drugs. 
  • He can't have any contact with people under age 18 unless accompanied by a sponsor. 
  • He can't enter bars, clubs or liquor stores. 
  • He can't have direct or indirect contact with his victims or their families. 
  • He has to report any intimate relationships with women, sexual or non-sexual, to his parole supervisor. 
  • He can't associate with anyone involved in criminal activity. 
  • He has to return to his halfway house each night. 

'A very difficult life'

The decision did note multiple Gladue factors, a report named after a Supreme Court decision that requires decision makers to consider the personal circumstances of Indigenous offenders. 

It notes that Twoyoungmen was adopted at one month old as his biological mother was an alcoholic who could not care for him, and he was physically abused by his adoptive mother. He began drinking at 13, using drugs at 17 and has a history of dysfunctional relationships. 

"You have had a very difficult life and your issues left unresolved have shaped who you have become," the decision reads.

Among other factors, it says he's been affected by systemic discrimination, residential school experience, poverty and domestic violence. 

He has three kids. 

With files from Rachel Ward.