Nova Scotia

Convicted sex offender has supervision extended

A 51-year-old Nova Scotia man will have to spend at least six more months in a halfway house for a vicious assault in 2008.

A 51-year-old Nova Scotia man will have to spend at least six more months in a halfway house for a vicious assault in 2008.

Alexander Dean McLean pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for taking a broom handle and striking another offender in the face. The blow split the man's cheek open and he required more than $60,000 in reconstructive surgery.

McLean is now under a long-term supervision order from the National Parole Board.

"The board remains mindful of your unpredictable and unprovoked violence which has been a hallmark of your behaviour over the years," the National Parole Board wrote in documents obtained by CBC News.

"You also have a pattern of serious sexual deviant behaviours which have been exhibited towards a diverse group of victims."

McLean was in jail serving a 16-month sentence for sexual assault and committing indecent acts at the time he assaulted the offender with a broom handle. The sexual assault charges stem from attacks on women on a hiking trail in Dartmouth. 

McLean grabbed one woman and exposed himself to another woman in separate incidents on the Salt Marsh Trail. He was convicted on those charges in October 2004.

"Such behaviours and an assessment of your personality traits have resulted in your risk for sexual reoffending being high," the National Parole Board wrote in a decision released Wednesday.

The board extended McLean's time under close supervision at a halfway house for another 180 days. He is allowed supervised community access for up to 12 hours each week, with outings being no longer than two hours each.

"In reviewing whether or not residency should be prolonged, the board cannot ignore that a viable release plan with appropriate accommodations has not been provided for consideration," the board wrote.

"In the absence of such, as well as the need for continued progress and credibility, the board is satisfied that you continue to require the same level of supervision as currently being provided with the current level of support and supervision of the halfway house."

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