Kamloops court to decide whether pedophile should be declared dangerous offender

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KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops Supreme Court Justice will determine if a man with a history of sexually molesting children across the province will face an indefinite jail term as a dangerous offender.

The man - whose name and locations of his offences cannot be published due to a court order protecting his victim’s identities - is convicted of several offences including sexual interference of a young person under the age of 16, a person under age 14, making child pornography and possessing child pornography.

Court heard today, Jan. 11, the man has victimized up to 15 children across the province, according to Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan.

A dangerous offender designation is reserved for the most serious offenders who have little to no chance of rehabilitating from either sexual or violent criminal behaviour. The label comes with an indeterminate federal prison sentence.

Earlier in court today, the man requested Justice Dev Dley declare him a dangerous offender so the public can be protected from him. Despite the request, the decision will be made after the hearing concludes this week.

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