Parole board imposes conditions on sex offender’s release

Ryan Ross
Published on February 5, 2014
Steven Robert Bradleyto serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two people.
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A man who was sentenced to more than three years in prison for sexually assaulting two people and was denied parole last year will be automatically released from custody.

Robert Steven Bradley was sentenced on Jan. 18, 2012, to serve three years, 11 months and 15 days in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault that the judge in the case described as reprehensible.


Because he has served two-thirds of his sentence, Bradley was automatically eligible for statutory release.

Although he is being released, Correctional Service Canada recommended the Parole Board of Canada impose special conditions on his release.

Those conditions include that he must avoid contact with his victims, or any members of their families, and he can’t be in the presence of anyone younger than 16 unless accompanied by an adult who knows his criminal history and has been approved by his parole officer.

Bradley also has to live in a community residential facility once he is released and is prohibited from consuming alcohol or drugs, other than over the counter medications or those prescribed by a doctor.

Those conditions will remain in place until the end of his sentence.

In a report issued last month, the parole board said Bradley’s offences were serious because they caused harm to his male victim who he abused for several years. Bradley used drugs and alcohol to seduce his male victim and forced himself on the female victim who he tried to have sex with despite her attempts to get away from him.

The parole board said it believed several factors, including Bradley’s sexual deviancy, his substance abuse and his inability to control his sexual impulses, were factors that could lead to him committing an offence involving violence.

A psychological report assessed his risk to reoffend in a sexual manner as in the high end of the moderate range.

The parole board said Bradley continued to deflect blame and rationalize his deviant sexual behaviour.

“This indicates that you lack insight into the dynamics of your offences and the gains you have made thus far are limited,” the board said.

In giving its decision, the board said the conditions were considered reasonable and necessary to protect society and facilitate his successful reintegration into society.