Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Child Abductor Randall Hopley High Risk to Reoffend If Released: Psychiatrist

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Child Abductor Randall Hopley High Risk to Reoffend If Released: Psychiatrist

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B.C. child abductor a high risk to reoffend

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CRANBROOK, B.C. - A convicted child abductor's past behaviour, not what he says now, points to a man who's a high risk to reoffend if he's released from prison, a forensic psychiatrist has told a sentencing hearing.

Dr. Emlene Murphy interviewed Randall Hopley and tested him a year ago after the Crown announced it was proceeding with a dangerous offender application against him.

Murphy said she reviewed a series of reports done on Hopley, 47, starting from the time he was 15, when he sexually assaulted young children while he was living in foster a foster home.

"The previous reports were more helpful than interviewing Mr. Hopley," she said Wednesday. "When it comes to future risks of reoffending the best criteria is past history."

The British Columbia resident entered foster care when he was 10 and remained there until he was 19 years old. Along the way there were numerous incidents and convictions for sexually assaulting pre-pubescent children leading to a diagnosis of pedophilia, an IQ ranging from 59 to 73 in a series of tests and some signs of anti-social behaviour. The IQ rate for someone considered normal would be 100.

One of the tests, a Static 99, places individuals into categories measuring the reoffending rate of former sex offenders.

Hopley was rated as a sex offender at a high risk to assault again.

"He matches a group who have a reoffending rate in five years of 20 per cent," Murphy told B.C. Supreme Court.

"In 10 years the number is 27 per cent. He's up there as a high risk of reoffending."

Murphy made note of a 2007 conviction that Hopley received for attempting to abduct a 10-year-old boy and the 2011 abduction of three-year-old Kienan Hebert, who was snatched from his Sparwood, B.C., home in the middle of the night.

Although Hopley has denied he sexually assaulted either boy, Murphy said they both still had a "sexual component". …

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