June 28, 2013 - 5:22 PM
FROESE LABELLED DANGEROUS OFFENDER WITH INDETERMINATE JAIL SENTENCE
KAMLOOPS - A convicted rapist was branded one of Canada's most extreme criminals in Kamloops court today along with an indeterminate jail sentence.
Thirty-three-year-old Jack Froese was labeled a dangerous offender today in B.C. Supreme Court after a lengthy hearing.
"The evidence… proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Froese is a dangerous offender," said B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Rogers.
One man stood up and applauded the judge's decision, yelling 'die in there' along with a few choice profanities aimed at Froese as he was taken away by a sheriff.
He said he was a family friend there in support of one of Froese's victims.
The woman — whose name is protected by court order — has sat through the court proceedings, day in and day out, after being left with the horrifying memory of Froese's latest conviction.
Froese moved to Kamloops in 2011 and reoffended within months — abducting the woman from a North Kamloops business where she was working alone. He kidnapped her, bound her, and injected her with cocaine before sexually abusing her. He ditched her and she was able to make her way to a resident's home where first responders were called to the scene. Froese later pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault in relation to the incident.
The Kamloops woman was not the first. He was convicted of sexual assault after raping a 19-year-old chambermaid in a hotel room in Saskatoon and was caught after being found at the University of Saskatchewan with a backpack full of condoms, a journal with a story depicting the sexual assault, a photo and list of school cheerleaders. His first sexual offence was of a family friend. He had a 'chaotic' childhood resulting in 24 convictions as a youth, mostly property-related.
The Crown applied for a dangerous offender status on Froese following his latest incident in Kamloops.
The Crown brought in multiple witnesses including Froese's supervisor in Kamloops, victims of his crimes and a psychologist during the hearing. Crown prosecutor Joel Gold based the Crown's case upon Froese's past behaviours dictating future ones, his crimes consistently escalating since they began in 2003, his deeply entrenched anti-social-personalty disorder and sexual deviance, being difficult to treat and his high liklihood to reoffend.
Gold said in his final submissions that an indeterminate sentence gives Froese incentive to get out.
"It's not that he's not eligible for parole," he said. "He could have parole in 26 months."
He said a determinate sentence would give him nothing to work towards.
Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen did not argue against the dangerous offender designation, but rather the terms.
He wanted a fixed sentence of eight to 13 years with a long-term supervision order.
Rogers, however, sided with the Crown.
He said his decision between a fixed and open-ended sentence came to the issue of public safety.
"From what I can tell, Mr. Froese is the same person now that he was in 2006-2007 when he went through (a high-risk sex offender program)," Rogers said.
He added that it was 'remarkable' Froese showed no sign of remorse during the trial and produced no evidence that he wanted to change.
"Mr. Froese focuses on short-term personal gratification," he said.
For more information on the dangerous offender designation, visit Public Safety Canada online.
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