Rapist's conditions relaxed

A man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in 2004, shortly after sexually assaulting a sex trade worker at gunpoint, had his statutory release conditions in the Okanagan recently relaxed.

Brian Edward Abrosimo, 56, is serving a 14-year and four month sentence for a number of charges, but he was released from jail into an Okanagan halfway house on a “one chance” statutory release in August 2017.

The convictions stem from two incidents in the summer of 2004. In July of that year, he drove a sex trade worker to a secluded area, handcuffed and gagged her, and threatened to kill her with a handgun, before sexually assaulting her.

The following month, Abrosimo drove into two young girls who were riding their bikes in the Lower Mainland, before kidnapping the 11 year old and sexually assaulting her in his van.

As part of his 2017 release, Abrosimo is required to reside at an undisclosed halfway house in the Okanagan. He was only allowed to leave the residence for an hour at a time, accompanied by a male staff member, and he was subject to a curfew between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Eleven months into his release, it was revoked, when the parole board decided his risk to reoffend had “elevated to an undue level.”

The board said he had begun to make “inappropriate personal and sexual comments to female members” of the halfway house and he had become "argumentative."

Despite the concerns, he was once again released to the same halfway house in October 2018, and the board says his behaviour has been “compliant and stable” since then.

Last month, the board removed the two “special conditions” of his release, which include the curfew and the requirement he only spend a maximum of one hour at a time outside the home, while supervised.

“The plan ... is to gradually allow you more independence when you are out of the (halfway home),” the parole board says. “The first step would be to let you walk to and from the parole office and the police building for your mandatory reporting, as well as to your counselling sessions.”

While he won't be directly supervised, he'll still be subject to electronic monitoring.

“The Board is very mindful of the nature and gravity of your index offences, the immense and ongoing harm you caused the victims and their families, your serious criminal history, your poor community supervision history, your assessed high risk to re-offend and the concerning behaviour and attitude that resulted in your direct revocation,” the parole board states.

“Your (case management team) believes the special conditions are no longer reasonable and necessary to protect the public and they further submit the special conditions are in fact hampering your reintegration.”

The board chose not to authorize any overnight leave privileges for Abrosimo.

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