Police warn that sex offender, child abductor to live in Vancouver

Police warn that sex offender, child abductor to live in Vancouver
Police warn high-risk violent sexual offender now residing in Vancouver
Vancouver Police believe that circumstances exist to warn the public that Randall Peter Hopley, a federal offender, is residing in Vancouver and poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young boys. Bill Graveland / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Convicted child abductor Randall Peter Hopley is living in Vancouver and police are warning the public that they believe he poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young boys.

In 2011, the 53-year-old Hopley snatched sleeping three-year-old Kienan Hebert from a second-floor bedroom in Sparwood, B.C. He kept the child for four days before returning him physically unharmed after Hebert’s parents made a public plea.

The 53-year-old was convicted of snatching a sleeping three-year-old child from a second-floor bedroom in Sparwood back in 2011. Hopley took Kienan Hebert to another province and kept him for four days. He returned the boy, who was physically unharmed, following a public plea from the childs parents.

Hopley, who had previous convictions for abduction of a person under the age of 14, sexual assault, assault and break-and-enters, received a six-year-sentence for the Sparwood abduction.

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

In the boards 2017 decision, they wrote he had not participated in psychological assessments, nor had he taken part in rehabilitation programs. Hed attended a sexual offender program, but did not complete a self-management plan.

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.

Although he has completed his sentence and has been released, Hopley is bound by a 10-year long-term supervision order.

I understand that is frustrating for members of the public. From a policing perspective that is frustrating too. We dont get to choose which federal offenders are deemed a high risk, where they get to live.

Hopley, who is 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, must abide by several conditions:

• Not to be in, near or around places where children under the age of 16 are likely to congregate, such as elementary and secondary schools, parks, swimming pools and recreational centres, unless accompanied by an adult previously approved in writing by his parole supervisor.

He is also under a daily curfew, and must be in his residence from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. In addition, hes been prohibited from possessing a firearm and has had to submit a DNA sample to law enforcement officials.

• Not to be in the presence of any children under the age of 16 unless accompanied by a responsible adult who knows his criminal history, and has been previously approved in writing by his parole supervisor.

Hopley pleaded guilty to the abduction, breaking and entering and possession of stolen property. He received the sentence, which came with an additional 10 years of supervision following his release.

The location of residential correctional facility that Hopley is staying at was not revealed due to privacy reasons, but VPD spokesperson Const. Jason Doucette says Hopley’s presence in Vancouver should be a Metro Vancouver-wide concern.

"I have no hesitation in concluding that Const. Gorman breached the standard of care of a reasonable police officer in travelling on the Fraser Highway at 145 km/h on a weekday afternoon through a commercial and residential zone at a speed that was close to 90 km over the speed limit," the judge says, noting the officer passed a number of intersections without slowing.

“We want everyone to have a look at his photo, familiarize yourself with him and if you see him in violation of any of these conditions, call 911 immediately,” Doucette said.

British Columbia's political leaders clashed in a debate on electoral reform on Thursday, with Premier John Horgan casting proportional representation as modern and even "hip," while Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson insisted the system is too confusing.

Doucette says the VPD’s high risk offender unit will be keeping a close eye on Hopley and the public may see increased uniform presence in the area where he is staying.

Hampton says no further information will be released now that an arrest has been made but police want to speak to any other witnesses, including the unidentified SkyTrain passenger who pulled the suspect away from one of the victims while the assault was underway.

“We will be taking steps to monitor his activities, to work with him and to set him up for success. But at the same time we are arming the public with enough information that we want you to know — who he is and what he has done in the past. If he is violating any of these conditions, we want to hear from you … we want 911 called,” he said.

The politicians often talked over one another during the heated televised discussion on the province's voting referendum, with Horgan in favour of switching to proportional representation and Wilkinson supporting the current first-past-the-post process.

The Parole Board decision dated Oct. 25 says Hopley refused to take part in a psychological risk assessment, and he remains a high risk for sexual contact with “pre-pubescent children, mostly male between the ages of four and 10.”

Fraser Health is advising that any students who have never received a single dose of the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine – which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella – are being advised to stay away for approximately 21 days.

“You appear to have little understanding of your offence cycle and do not demonstrate the ability to manage your own risk,” it says.

Voters who mark their referendum ballots in favour of proportional representation must rank three possible systems, and Wilkinson accused Horgan of refusing to answer questions and being dishonest with voters about how the systems would work.

His sentence expires Nov. 12. The board ordered the 10-year supervision order be maintained. He remains under a lifetime firearms prohibition.

Hopley was also designated a long-term offender after various courts heard that he sexually assaulted young children while living in a foster home as a teen.

Fraser Health has issued a warning about a potential measles outbreak at a Surrey high school. Health officials indicate the potential exposure took place at Fleetwood Park Secondary School between October 30 and November 2, 2018.

Vancouver Police have issued a warning to the public that a high-risk federal offender is residing in the city, and may be of risk to the safety of young boys.

Sgt. Clint Hampton announced the arrest late Wednesday, just hours after an appeal was issued for information that could help identify a man pictured leaving a SkyTrain on Sept. 28 at the conclusion of a violent attack.

Randall Peter Hopley, 53, has previously been convicted of abduction of a person under the age of 14, sexual assault, assault, and break-and-enters, note the VPD. In 2013, Hopley received a six year sentence for abducting a three-year-old boy from his home in the early hours of September 7, 2011, in Sparwood, B.C.

The Correctional Service of Canada has assessed Hopley as a high risk for violent and sexual re-offending. While he has fully completed his sentence and has been released, Hopley is bound by a 10-year long-term supervision order to help manage his risk factors.

Hopley is described as a white male, 59, 150 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. He often has a beard.