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Dangerous sex offender living in Surrey poses high risk to re-offend: RCMP
Surrey RCMP served 22 years behind bars after being convicted of six counts of break and enter and sexual assault.

Earon Wayne Giles, 45, has been released from prison and is living in Surrey. Police say he poses a high risk to re-offend.

In 1997 Giles was sentenced to 22 years behind bars after pleading guilty to six counts of break and enter and sexual assault.

“I am appalled that this sexual predator is being released into the very community that he committed his heinous crimes,” said Mayor Doug McCallum in a news release. “This not only puts our citizens at risk, but it is also a re-victimization of the victims.”

His co-accused, who was involved in five of the six offences, was tried separately and received a total of 18 years.

Professor Isabel Grant, a professor of law at the University of B.C., says this application is reserved for offenders who pose “a significant risk or threat to the physical safety of the public, usually in the context of sexual offences.”

The offences were committed between October 1992 and April 1994 in the area of Newton, a B.C. court of appeal judgment from 1999 reads. The victims were young, single women, living alone or with children, in ground-floor or basement suites.

“Not only were five of the six offences ‘two-man gang rapes’, the offences occurred in the sanctity of the victims’ homes,” the judgment reads. “The level of violence escalated over the course of the offences; telephone lines were cut; money was stolen from most victims; and, one victim was subjected to two separate attacks less than a month apart.”

Giles has been released under a number of conditions, included that he stay away from his victims and not possess any weapons or burglary or restraint tools. He is also not allowed to drink alcohol or use drugs.

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Surrey’s mayor says he’s “appalled” by the release of a dangerous sex offender into his community and is calling for legislative changes to how government deals with high-risk offenders.

“I am appalled that this sexual predator is being released into the very community that he committed his heinous crimes,” he said.

“Our system isn’t working, and what we have here borders on the absurd,” said McCallum. “We need an overhaul in how we deal with these sexual predators.”

“This not only puts our citizens at risk, but it is also a revictimization of the victims. Along with a lengthy list of release conditions, its clearly stated in the RCMP notification that he is a dangerous sex offender with a high risk to re-offend.

“This isn’t about frightening the public. This is about giving the public as much information as we can to let them know he’s in the community,” said Sturko.

“Our system isnt working, and what we have here borders on the absurd. We need an overhaul in how we deal with these sexual predators. Its far too common that dangerous sex offenders find their way back to the very place where they committed the crimes. This should be a call for all law-abiding citizens to demand legislative changes on this front.”

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RCMP has issued a public warning about Earon Wayne Giles, a convicted sex offender who is now living in Surrey

“Our system isnt working, and what we have here borders on the absurd,” says Surrey Mayor following release

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SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The Mayor of Surrey says he’s appalled following news a high-risk sex offender is now living in the city.

Mounties released a public warning about Earon Wayne Giles on Friday, saying he poses a high risk to re-offend. The now-45-year-old was convicted of six counts of break and enter and sexual assault against women in Surrey in 1997 and released from jail on Friday after serving a 22-year sentence.

“I am appalled that this sexual predator is being released into the very community that he committed his heinous crimes. This not only puts our citizens at risk, but it is also a revictimization of the victims,” says Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum in a news release.

Mayor of #SurreyBC says convicted sex offender Earon Wayne Giles should NOT be allowed to live in same city where he sexually assaulted six women more than 20 years ago. Doug McCallum says he wants federal legislation ensuring this doesnt happen again. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/hw38TSqnh5

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“Along with a lengthy list of release conditions, its clearly stated in the RCMP notification that he is a dangerous sex offender with a high risk to reoffend. Our system isnt working, and what we have here borders on the absurd. We need an overhaul in how we deal with these sexual predators. Its far too common that dangerous sex offenders find their way back to the very place where they committed the crimes. This should be a call for all law-abiding citizens to demand legislative changes on this front.”

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Giles is bound by a number of court-ordered conditions, including keeping the peace and good behavior and staying in BC unless given prior permission from the court.

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He’s not to have any contact with any of his victims or their families and has to stay 300 metres away from any known home, workplace, or educational facility of any of his victims or their families.

Police say several conditions have been imposed and not their choice to have him living in #SurreyBC, but risk to public balanced with his right to privacy. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/OJ0qUPftYc

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Giles is also not allowed to have or consume any alcohol or controlled substance — excluding prescribed medication — and cannot be in any bar, tavern, or liquor store. He cannot have any weapon, and has a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day.

Mounties add Giles can’t “possess any tool or device that can be used for the purpose of restraint, including but is not limited to: duct tape, straps, rope, or wire unless specifically needed for onsite employment which is approved of by your bail supervisor.” That includes any tool or instrument that can also be used for criminal activity.

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Giles is described as being 5’11” tall, weighs 183 lbs, and has brown eyes and brown hair.

If you see him in breach of any of his conditions, or if you see any suspicious behaviour, you’re asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604.599.0502.

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