Police in Abbotsford, B.C. issued not one but two warnings after Don Bakker was released from custody and moved to their city. Bakker was the first person in Canada to be convicted of sex tourism offences.
The first notification [PDF] made by the Abbotsford Police Department was issued on Wednesday. Police advised the public that Bakker had been released from custody and is expected to frequent and live in the Abbotsford area. Police provided residents with a description of the 48-year-old as well as a photograph.
Bakker had been convicted of 10 sexual offences and his victims, women and children, had been subjected to "extremely violent" attacks.
The public was also informed of the conditions of the sex offender's parole. He is not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18 years, and not to go to public parks or swimming areas where children can be found. He is to have no contact with sex trade workers. Bakker's parole conditions prohibit him from possessing any electronic device that connects with the Internet, any weapons, and any devices that can be used for restraint. He is also subject to a curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Police in Canada do not issue a notification every time a sex offender is paroled or otherwise released. The public is only advised if the person is believed to pose an extreme risk. What is unusual in this case is that the Abbotsford PD issued a second notification [PDF] yesterday. That release contained a map of the city with a shaded area where Bakker is expected to be.
As CBC reported, Bakker pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault on June 1, 2005. Three counts dealt with vicious attacks on sex trade workers while seven charges were for engaging in sex with girls between the ages of seven and 12 in Cambodia. Bakker was sentenced to 10 years in prison after the judge accepted a joint submission made by the prosecutor and Bakker's lawyer. He was given credit for the 18 months he spent in pre-trial custody.
As part of the plea bargain, an additional 28 similar charges were withdrawn by the Crown.
Bakker was the first Canadian convicted under Canada's sex tourism law. Passed in 2002, it makes it an offence in Canada for a Canadian resident to engage in sex with children anywhere in the world, regardless of another country's laws.
Bakker was released from the penitentiary on May 31 and, as reported by the Penticton Western News, he had refused to participate in any sexual offender programs while incarcerated. After release, he attempted to live in Penticton but twice turned himself in to police after he could not find a suitable place to live. In the last few days, he moved to Abbotsford.