No parole for dangerous offender with violent sexual assault convictions
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July 05, 2016 - 5:00 PM
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The national parole board has denied release to a man who sexually assaulted a pregnant and mentally challenged sex-trade worker in a remote area outside Kamloops, B.C.
Dennis Bragg, 50, applied for either day or full parole. He is classified as a dangerous offender who is serving an indeterminate sentence that began in 2013.
Bragg has a record of violent sexual assaults dating from 1993 against his wife, an acquaintance, a stranger and the sex-trade worker seven years ago.
Bragg’s release was opposed by his case management team with the Correctional Service of Canada.
“According to file information, you do not accept responsibility for the index offence and the CSC reports that you take limited responsibility for your previous offending,” the parole board's report said.
“The CSC is not supportive of day or full parole at this time and does not believe your risk is manageable in the community.”
Bragg has completed courses for sexual offenders while in prison.
However, the parole board highlighted a number of psychological reports that indicate Bragg is at a high risk to reoffend.
He was first convicted for multiple sexual assaults against his wife beginning in 1993.
Two years later, an acquaintance hired Bragg to do renovations on his house.
When the man was away, Bragg slipped into his girlfriend’s bed and tried to sexually assault her.
Bragg was given a 34-month sentence and released in 2000. Soon afterwards, he was convicted of impaired driving and drug possession on two separate occasions.
Two years later, Bragg was convicted of assault causing bodily harm and sexual assault. He tied up a woman for several days and sexually assaulted her. She suffered bruises and lacerations all over her body.
After being released in 2008, Bragg moved to Kamloops.
A year later, he sexually assaulted the young sex-trade worker, who had limited mental ability and was addicted to crack cocaine. She testified in court that she feared for her life.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2016