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Lark Harbour man with history of violence, sex offences back in jail for property-related crimes


A convicted sex offender whose release from prison several years ago caused concern for some people who know him is back behind bars.

Timothy Russell Sheppard, 45, was convicted in April of three counts of theft under $5,000 and one count of fraud. He also had several other related charges withdrawn.

He was sentenced to serve a total of four months in prison, but still has three more outstanding charges before the courts in Corner Brook. He appeared via video from prison when those charges — two counts of fraud under $5,000 and one count of possessing property obtained by crime — were called in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday morning.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison on March 12, 2009 for breaking into a 63-year-old woman’s home and raping her. He was released in November 2013, as per the statutory release date for his sentence, but his parole was later revoked for not complying with conditions of his release. He was imprisoned again to complete the full term of his sentence.

Before he had finished serving that sentence, the Parole Board of Canada had described his propensity for violence and sexual deviance as untreated. An assessment deemed him to be at the high end of the moderate range for general and violent recidivism and at the low end of the high range to commit another sexual offence.

He has a long list of convictions for other serious crimes since 1990, including sexual interference when he entered a home and unzipped a young girl’s pants in 1998. In 2006, he and an accomplice broke into a man’s home with the intentions of robbing him, but assaulted and left the man unconscious after he refused to give them money.

Sheppard’s criminal record also includes physical assaults against former girlfriends.

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