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Notorious B.C. child sex offender released after 14 years in jail

A photo of Brian Abrosimo release by the Vancouver Police Dept in November 2019.
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October 29, 2020 - 7:00 AM

A 57-year-old man previously living in a halfway house in the Okanagan while on parole has now completed a 14-year prison sentence for the sexual assault and kidnapping of a young girl.

Brian Abrosimo's lengthy sentence came to an end Oct. 15, and he now begins a 10-year supervision order which currently mandates he must live in a halfway house or similar facility and will not be allowed to stay elsewhere overnight.

A Parole Board of Canada decision says Abrosimo is now living in Vancouver.

Abrosimo was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 14 years and four months in prison for sexual assault, kidnapping, and assault with a weapon for offences against children that took place in the Lower Mainland.

In 2004 he drove a van into two girls aged 11 and 15 years old who were riding their bicycles. He then grabbed the 11-year-old girl and threw her into his van, where he sexually assaulted her before letting her go. Early that year, Abrosimo sexually assaulted a sex trade worker, who he handcuffed and threatened to kill by pointing a gun at her.

Abrosimo has a long history of violence dating back to 1986 and suffers from brain damage following an attack in prison in 2008 when his cellmate was killed.

According to the Parole Board decision, Abrosimo is rated as a moderate to high risk in terms of sexual reoffending. The decision says his institutional behaviour has been "mixed."

In August 2019 Abrosimo was living in a halfway house somewhere in the Okanagan – the parole board did not say where – and was allowed out during the day unsupervised. He was moved to Vancouver several months later which led to a warning from the Vancouver Police Department that he was now living in the city.

The Parole board decision says a psychological report presented in August showed Abrosimo had "genuine intentions" to lead a prosocial life.

However, shortly after the report, Abrosimo had conditions of his day release revoked after he was found consuming his medicinal marijuana, dancing with his shirt off, and socializing with an unknown female while in Vancouver.

"The following day, while waiting to meet with your parole supervisor to address this behaviour, you became emotionally elevated. You threatened to barricade yourself in your room and slit your throat. After making these threats you went to your room, moved your mattress and put a knife to your throat," reads the decision. "The Board finds there is reliable and persuasive information that your behaviour had decompensated to the point that your risk was no longer manageable in the community."

The decision says Abrosimo had three drugs-related breaches of his day release order in 2020, where he either consumed cannabis, took more of his medication than prescribed, or failed to take his medication.

With Abrosimo's custody now over he will now remain in the community on a 10-year long-term supervision order and is prohibited from being in the presence of children or around places where children under the age of 18 are likely to congregate. He is also banned from visiting Abbotsford and Langley, consuming drugs or alcohol, or being in the company of sex trade workers, among other restrictions.

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