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A former Summerland lifeguard guilty of a slew of pornography and sexual assault crimes involving children has been granted day parole just a few years into his sentence.
Known locally as "Eddie Spaghetti," Edward Casavant, 58, pleaded guilty less than three and a half years ago to a string of offences, including using a spy camera in the aquatic centre changing room to record underage boys, and filming sexual abuse of an eight-year old boy with autism who was in his care.
Casavant was sentenced to six years behind bars in January 2020, leaving five years left to serve given time already spent in custody.
In a report dated Sept. 15, the Parole Board of Canada granted Casavant day parole for six months, citing participation in correctional programs while incarcerated and a newfound accountability for his actions.
"The Board also put weight on your expressed commitment to actively engage with community resources," the report reads, addressed to Casavant.
"The Board finds that that steps you have taken to work with [Circles of Support and Accountability] and engage with trained individuals who are willing to support and hold you accountable is positive and aligns with your need for community support and structure as a key component of your community reintegration."
Casavant will be released to a community residential facility in an unnamed community, though the board specified it is not in the same "geographic region" as Summerland. He will have a number of conditions imposed on his day parole.
"You have a lengthy pattern of offending against young children and you gained access to your victims through your employment at a swimming pool, where many young families congregate. Given that your offending is linked to access to children, your access to children and areas where they spend time must be restricted," the report reads.
Those areas include schools, parks, playgrounds, pools, community centres and the like. He is also restricted from communicating with children under 16, being in direct or indirect contact with the family of his victim, and accessing any form of pornography or the internet.
"You have been diagnosed as a pedophile and as having mood/personality disorders that likely contributed to your offending. The psychologist assessed that you pose an above average risk to reoffend sexually and recommended further sex offender programming and treatment for mental health issues," the report reads.
"Also you have not yet been able to test the skills you have learned to manage your risk outside of the institutional setting and require additional treatment and close monitoring from professional in order to manage your risk to reoffend."
Casavant was employed as a lifeguard at the Summerland Aquatic Centre from 1986 to 2018, only quitting once a police investigation began. A Staples employee transferring files from Casavant's old computer found a folder titled "Fun with Boys" with thumbnails of what looked like child pornography, and alerted RCMP.
In all, 275 unique downloaded child porn videos involving infants up to young boys aged 12 years old were found on Casavant’s computers. Thirty voyeurism videos of nude boys in the change room, dating back as far as 2008, were also found in addition to the videos Casavant made of the abuse of the young boy with autism.
“It is difficult to accurately express the horror or depravity of these offences without viewing the videos,” Judge Monica McParland said in Penticton court during sentencing in 2020.