Notorious rapist freed on Halloween
Nov 1, 2013 / 7:33 am
The convicted rapist and kidnapper who sparked one of the biggest manhunts in B.C. history was freed from prison Thursday.
Ernest Thomas Meigs was incarcerated in Saskatchewan for more than a decade after breaking into a Metro Vancouver home, raping one woman and kidnapping another in May 2002.
His abductee was repeatedly sexually assaulted over a period of 28 hours before he was arrested.
His mother, who asked not to be identified, said Meigs shouldn’t have been let go but the 38-year-old sex offender has the support of an uncle in Alberta.
“He seems to be really remorseful for what he did. He said he wants to change his life,” Matthew Barnfield told CTV News over the phone. “I told him, I said if this ever happens again, we’re done, and he knows that.”
Barnfield said Meigs is hoping to live in a halfway house in Edmonton.
A parole board report obtained by CTV News earlier this month warned that if Meigs returns to crime, it could be “very serious, resulting in death or serious injury.”
The sex offender’s troubling behaviour persisted behind bars, where he allegedly threatened his parole supervisor, behaved aggressively and became sexually fixated on a female staff member, according to the report.
His statutory release will be limited by a number of conditions, including that he live at a halfway house, follow a strict 10 p.m. curfew, keep away from alcohol and drugs and have no direct or indirect contact with his victims or members of their families.
Meigs is also barred from owning or accessing any explicit material that depicts sexual violence towards women, particularly female police officers and correctional staff.
He must report any sexual or non-sexual relationships with women to his parole supervisor and complete psychological counselling.
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