Nova Scotia

N.S. man convicted of assaulting girl to be released

A Yarmouth County man convicted of sexual offences against a 12-year-old girl is about to be released from prison even though the Parole Board of Canada says he's a risk to reoffend.

Jason Trevor Hipson to be released Feb. 26

A Yarmouth County man convicted of sexual offences against a 12-year-old girl is about to be released from prison even though the Parole Board of Canada says he's a risk to reoffend.

Jason Trevor Hipson, 36, is currently serving a sentence of eight years and nine months for several offences including sexual assault, sexual interference and robbery.

Hipson was on full parole at the time he was charged and was in a position of trust because he was a friend of the 12-year-old victim's family.

"Considering the serious nature of your sexual offences and the extent of the harm caused to her, the board believes that further contact could lead to volatile/risky situations or conflicts and result in your reoffending," the Parole Board of Canada noted.

Hipson has served two-thirds of his sentence, so the Correctional Service of Canada has no choice but to release him. He's due to be released on Feb. 26 and the Parole Board of Canada has imposed special conditions on his release that will remain in effect until his full sentence expires in October.

Those conditions include a requirement that Hipson stay at a halfway house, abstain from drugs and alcohol and stay away from children and known criminals.

"Substance abuse, a sexual deviancy, impulsivity and emotional issues are stressors/factors that could lead you to commit an offence involving violence," the Parole Board of Canada said in its report.

Hipson has been assessed as a moderate risk to reoffend in a violent or sexual manner.

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