Island man convicted of sexual assualt loses parole appeal

Steven Robert Bradley must continue to live in a community residential facility

Published on August 19, 2014

Scales of justice

A man who was sentenced to more than three years in prison for sexually assaulting two people has lost an appeal of one of the conditions the Parole Board of Canada imposed on his release.

Steven Robert Bradley was sentenced in 2012 to serve three years, 11 months and 15 days in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault.

He was denied parole but after serving two-thirds of his sentence Bradley was automatically eligible for statutory release. It was on that release that the board imposed several conditions, including that Bradley live in a community residential facility.

Bradley appealed that condition.

The Parole Board of Canada appeal division decision said it was reasonable to conclude that without a residency condition Bradley would present an undue risk to society by re-offending.

It upheld the original condition the parole board imposed.

In arguing for the removal of the residency condition, the report said Bradley argued the board didn’t consider that his risk to reoffend was associated with a grooming element and alcohol abuse.

That meant he wasn’t likely to commit a crime in the last year of his sentence, Bradley argued.