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Sexual offender program not a 'cure'

June 13, 2013 - 7:36 PM

A sexual offender program completed by convicted rapist Jack Froese before his latest conviction was no guarantee he wouldn't reoffend.

Testimony continued today in a dangerous offender hearing in Kamloops Supreme Court for the Saskatoon man. Psychiatric nurse Lynda Hollingshead testified today over video conference from Saskatoon's Regional Psychiatric Centre.

"When somebody completes your program, they're not cured are they?" defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen asked her.

"Absolutely not," Hollingshead said.

The program at the multi-level security forensic psychiatry facility is meant to identify triggers, provide skills to be able to examine thoughts and behaviours that could lead to reoffending as well as provide support.

"It's a more structured, closed environment, and the street is wide open," Hollingshead said.

Hollingshead said Froese completed the program — the most intense program for sexual offenders at the time — with Corrections Canada from March 2006 to February 2007.

She said during that time, Froese eventually opened up to her and took responsibility for crimes he committed.

A final treatment report written by Hollingshead about Froese said he was issued phallometric testing to analyze arousal based on responses to a slideshow of images. The testing indicated Froese 'appears to have a sexual preference for consensual sex with adult females.'

However, Hollingshead said Froese told her he had 'fantasies about forcing women into sexual activity.'

The report revealed Froese's 'self-identified' triggers, including: taking illicit drugs, being in an environment where drugs are present, feeling bored, viewing pornography and running into old acquaintances.

"The drugs didn't cause him to offend… but that was an area of great concern," Hollingshead said. "It's part of his crime cycle."

The report also indicated therapy for Froese that included taking prescription medication, staying away from illicit drugs and working with 'positive supports.'

Jensen asked Hollingshead whether Froese or his supports were given a copy of the final treatment report when he was released.

"It was up to the individuals to make their supports aware," Hollingshead said. "Ultimately the onus is on them."

The dangerous offender hearing is expected to continue until late next week.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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