Convicted child abductor Randall Hopley living in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — 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. He kept the child for four days before returning him physically unharmed after Hebert’s parents made a public plea.

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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 in connection with the Sparwood abduction.

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

Although 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, who is five-foot-nine 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;
  • Not to be 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;
  • Abide by daily curfew from 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The VPD says anyone who sees Hopley in violation of any of these conditions should call 911 immediately.

— With a file from The Canadian Press

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