Sexual offender back behind bars after statutory release revoked

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Timothy Russell Sheppard is seen in the file photo from March 2009.

Timothy Russell Sheppard is back in prison.

The Parole Board of Canada revoked the Lark Harbour man’s statutory release on March 4, after the 43-year-old violated certain conditions of his release. The statuatory release was automatically granted in November 2013 after Sheppard had served two-thirds of a seven-year sentence levied against him for breaking into a home and raping the 63-year-old widow who lived there.

At the time of his release, special conditions were imposed by the Parole Board of Canada, based on recommendations by Correctional Services Canada, with the purpose of protecting society and facilitating his reintegration into society. The conditions included Sheppard following a treatment program arranged by his parole supervisor.

According to the Parole Board’s decision, a copy of which was sent to The Western Star upon request, after attending the first session of the program, Sheppard was not present at any subsequent sessions, which led to him being grounded pending an interview with his parole officer.

Before that interview could be completed, his release was suspended when he was observed writing sexually explicit comments on a picnic table, at which point he was taken back into custody.

It was also reported that he was overheard making jokes about females, which were not taken seriously, but were recorded for information purposes. He was also overheard making disparaging comments about his parole officer, calling him derogatory names.

Upon his re-incarceration, Sheppard claimed he was refused medical care for a painful hernia and denied writing anything on the picnic table despite clear evidence to the contrary.

He was also placed on a suicide watch. While imprisoned in 2006 on a separate conviction, Sheppard turned in a knife he had because he said he feared for his own safety.

His case management team felt his risk to reoffend was no longer manageable and no new release plan has been submitted for the Board’s review.

Correctional Services Canada had recommended his statutory release be revoked.

Sheppard’s criminal history has been basically uninterrupted dating back to 1990, with a listing of more than 50 entries, including the current offences of sexual assault and break-and-enter, as well as previous counts of sexual interference, assault, assault with a weapon and robbery with violence.

In its decision, the Board stated it had “no indications of (Sheppard’s) risk to reoffend being mitigated since his return to incarceration” and that he is “unwilling to fully address your offending behaviour and/or the issues surrounding your attitude towards females that were observed during your release.”

The Board also stated Sheppard is “essentially an untreated, violent sex offender whose risk to reoffend in a similar manner is in the high end of moderate to low end of high range.”

Organizations: Parole Board, Correctional Services

Geographic location: Canada, Lark Harbour, Western Star

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