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Sex offender living in Okanagan has parole conditions eased

Brian Abrosimo was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexual assault, kidnap and assault with a weapon for crimes that took place in the Lower Mainland.
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August 08, 2019 - 1:00 PM

OKANAGAN - A man currently living in the Okanagan who was convicted of sexual assault after kidnapping a young girl has had his parole conditions loosened.

Brian Abrosimo was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexual assault, kidnap and assault with a weapon for crimes that took place in the Lower Mainland.

The 56-year-old was released under strict supervision to a halfway house in the Okanagan in August 2017. The Parole Board of Canada decision does not state where in the Okanagan Abrosimo is living.

The July 25 decision has loosened two conditions of Abrosimo's parole, allowing him more freedom in the community.

Currently, Abrosimo is only allowed to leave the halfway house for an hour at a time and has to be accompanied by a male member of staff at all times while in the community.

The board's recent decision removes that restriction, allowing him to be in the community without supervision.

"It is unrealistic to maintain such a level of supervision," says the decision. "The current restrictions... are interfering with (Abrosimo's) ability to engage in pro-social reintegration opportunities."

The board's decision says the restrictions do not "contribute to the goal of effective reintegration."

His curfew barring him from leaving the halfway house between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. has also been loosened, although he will still need to be in between 11 p.m. and 6 p.m.

In 2004 Abrosimo drove his van into two girls, aged 11 and 15 years old, 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. One month earlier he handcuffed a sex trade worker, pointed a gun at her threatening to kill her and sexually assaulted her.

According to the parole board decision Abrosimo has a long criminal history dating back to 1986 that shows a "pattern of persistent violent behaviour."

He is still under strict parole conditions that bar him from being in the presence of females under the age of 18 years old; be in or near places where children are likely to congregate; as well as following treatment program to address, sexual deviancy, substance abuse, and mental health issues. He is also restricted from going to Vancouver Island, Langley and Abbotsford.

Abrosimo will still be subject to electronic monitoring and comply with strict sign-in and sign-out procedures at the halfway house where he is mandated to live.


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