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Man convicted of 2001 Penticton rape remains under close supervision

James Allan Pike was convicted of a violent rape in Penticton in 2001 and remains under close supervision.
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November 25, 2019 - 6:00 PM


A man convicted of a violent 2001 rape in Penticton, and was more recently the focus of a Canada-wide warrant, will remain under observation.

The Parole Board of Canada ordered earlier this month that James Allan Pike, 47, be restricted to a specific place — a Vancouver area halfway house — while under a Long Term Supervision Order for an additional period of 365 days.

“The role of the board is limited to the imposition of special conditions, including residency, it considers to be reasonable and necessary in order to protect the public and to facilitate your reintegration into society, or reasonable and necessary to protect the victim,” the board wrote in a decision that was forwarded to Pike and released today, Nov. 25.

Pike is a first-time federal offender serving a 10-year long-term supervision order that started in 2005 after he completed a two year, two month, and 28-day sentence for Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Overcome Resistance that started in 2003.

In July 2001, Pike attacked a woman as she was walking alone. When she fought back, he choked her to the point where she lost consciousness and then he physically and sexually assaulted her.

The victim suffered significant physical injury and psychological harm.

Although he was released from prison in 2005, Pike was put on the long term supervision order and his behaviour has remained troublesome, including suspensions and new convictions.

In 2007, after finishing his prison sentence for the sexual assault and while he was bound to a long-term community supervision order, Pike was found guilty of uttering threats and possessing a weapon — a knife — as well as assaulting officers.

Pike was then deemed a dangerous offender but B.C.’s Court of Appeal dismissed that designation in 2011.

More recently, in 2018, Pike failed to return to the home he’d been staying, and Corrections Canada issued the Canada-wide warrant. According to RCMP reports, he was found with the aid of a police dog and suffered a bite.

Given his problematic nature, his long term supervision doesn’t expire until May 2023.

Pike has an early onset of aggressive/violent behaviours including sexual violence. These types of behaviours make up a significant part of his offense cycle, having persisted from a young age until his most recent convictions, according to the parole board.

“Such violence and aggression has been perpetrated against a variety of victims, some of which were former intimate partners,” reads the decision.

“The Board takes note that (Pike is) assessed as a high risk for sexually violent recidivism as well as a high risk of violence and general recidivism. In addition, actuarial measures rate (Pike) as presenting a high risk for violence against an intimate partner and others in the context of a relationship.”

Pike’s aggressive behaviours have continued in the community throughout his period of observation and his high-risk ratings and ongoing difficulties managing himself without reacting aggressively speak to the need for strong supervision, according to the parole board.

“A strong supervision strategy is seen as integral to monitor (Pike) and to intervene quickly when needed,” the parole board wrote.

The board wrote that it does not think that Pike could live in the community without the supervision, monitoring and support afforded by a halfway house setting.

“The stable accommodations provided by a halfway house enables you to focus on your correctional plan in order to position yourself to gain maximum benefits from programming and other interventions aimed at addressing your contributing risk factors,” the board wrote.

“Given your serious history, the Board believes that public safety is best served by your ongoing residency in a place that provides strong supervision, close monitoring and much-needed support.”

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