Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dangerous Offender in B.C. Loses Appeal for Day or Full Parole

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dangerous Offender in B.C. Loses Appeal for Day or Full Parole

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Parole appeal rejected for dangerous offender

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The Parole Board of Canada's appeal division has upheld a decision to deny parole to a sexual offender in British Columbia who has been behind bars since becoming the country's youngest dangerous offender in 1999.

Adam Laboucan was 17 when he was handed an indeterminate prison sentence for sexually assaulting a three-month-old boy in Quesnel, B.C.

Laboucan now identifies as female and has changed her name to Tara Desousa.

Desousa's last unsuccessful application for parole was in November 2017, and she appealed that decision on several grounds, including bias on the part of the board.

A decision from the appeal division released Tuesday rejects Desousa's appeal, dismissing claims that incomplete or erroneous information was used in reaching a quick decision and saying there was "no reasonable apprehension of bias. …

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