November 15th, 2018

Man who abducted, then returned a B.C. boy to live in Vancouver, police warn


By The Canadian Press on November 8, 2018.

Accused child abductor Randall Hopley is led out of the Cranbrook, B.C., courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. Vancouver Police are warning the public that Hopley, a federal offender, is residing in Vancouver and poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young boys.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

VANCOUER, B.C. – Vancouver police have issued a public warning about a high-risk offender moving into the city who was at the centre of a high-profile abduction case in 2011.

Police say Randall Hopley, who is 53, still poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young boys.

Hopley has served his entire six-year sentence for breaking into a home in Sparwood, B.C., in September 2011 and abducting a three-year-old boy only to return him four days later physically unharmed.

Vancouver police say the Correctional Service of Canada has assessed Hopley as a high risk for violent and sexual re-offending.

A federal parole board ruled last year that Hopley should finish his sentence in jail because he was still likely to harm a child, hadn’t participated in rehabilitation programing and wouldn’t take part in psychological assessments.

Police say Hopley is bound by a 10-year supervision order in an effort to manage his risks and his conditions including not being in the presence of any child under 16 and abiding by a curfew

Hopley is described as five-foot nine-inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes and he often wears a beard.

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