Peter Whitmore has been described as one of Canada’s worst sex offenders yet he somehow was able to keep being released from jail until his arrest last year. At first glance it seemed to be an isolated instance.
Today, there was an article about, Shaun Deacon in the Globe and Mail.
Shaun Deacon, one of Canada’s most notorious pedophiles, was found with the image of a young child on his personal computer, a violation of a supervision order that barred him from having any images of children under the age of 16.
And Mr. Deacon — considered to be such a risk to reoffend that he requires constant supervision and has been chemically castrated — stole a set of keys from his downtown Vancouver halfway house in early December in a bid to surreptitiously copy them, according to the National Parole Board’s regular review of his status.
The article also goes on to detail his criminal past.
Mr. Deacon has an extensive history of abusing children, starting in the 1980s, when he was sentenced to a seven-year term for assaulting a five-year-old girl, and three boys ranging in age from six to 13. He abducted one of those victims and assaulted the child again, while he was waiting to be sentenced in Kelowna.
After his release in the mid-1990s, he was caught assaulting an eight-year-old boy in a restaurant bathroom, and while on parole for that crime, he was found with a 10-year-old boy in his room in a halfway house. He went back to jail for two years.
Mr. Deacon has not been designated a dangerous offender, which would allow for his indefinite imprisonment, but he is subject to a decade-long supervision order.
According to CBC News, historically he is so dangerous to children that he has been under 24 hour per day supervision.
Should these offenders be eligible to be released back into society?
Update 05-22-07 You should be cautioned the article contains adult language.
Peter Whitmore, who has a history of child molestation convictions, has reportedly attempted suicide