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Victims testify in dangerous offender hearing for convicted rapist

June 12, 2013 - 6:41 PM

Her voice was shaky as she slowly revealed her story.

"It felt like an hour to me, but I think it was probably about 25 minutes to half an hour," she said.

The story is one the woman has lived with for the past eight years. While she's trying to let it go, she said she's never been the same.

"I asked him why he's doing this," she said. "He had a knife in his hand.... At that point, I knew something was going to happen."

Hopefully, today will be the last time she will ever have to share what happened to her at her place of work on June 15, 2004.

The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, testified today over video conference in B.C. Supreme Court on the third day of a hearing for convicted rapist, Jack Samuel Froese.

After multiple sexual assault convictions, the Saskatoon man sat in the Kamloops courthouse this week for a hearing to determine whether he should be deemed a 'dangerous offender.'

The status, under the Criminal Code of Canada, is reserved for only the most dangerous violent and sexual predators in the country and may come with an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment.

It's what the Crown is pushing for after Froese's latest conviction.

Froese's move to Kamloops in 2011 was highly publicized. Just months after moving to the Tournament Capital, the convicted rapist reoffended — abducting a woman from a North Kamloops business before sexually abusing her. Froese later pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault in relation to the incident.

Among Froese's criminal convictions: Sexual assault after raping a 19-year-old chambermaid in a hotel room and being found at the University of Saskatchewan with a backpack full of condoms, a journal with a story depicting the sexual assault, a photo and list of school cheerleaders.

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

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