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Concerns being raised about justice system's handling of accused BC child abductor



The father of three-year-old Kienan Hebert continues to raise concerns about the justice system’s handling of his son’s accused abductor.

This, as court documents reveal allegations of child molestation dating back nearly three decades.

Randall Hopley was charged with kidnapping, child abduction and break-and-enter after Kienan disappeared from his home in Sparwood, BC.

The boy was returned unharmed several days later.

Paul Hebert says he’s frustrated that Hopley was out of custody, despite a 2008 conviction in which Hopley admitted trying to kidnap a 10-year-old boy.

Hebert says Hopley’s history should have prompted a longer sentence _ which should have ensured Hopley received help.

Hopley was convicted in 1985 of sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy, but court documents released this week indicate a number of other sexual assault allegations before then.

A psychiatric report prepared in 1982 indicates Hopley admitted to three separate incidents in the previous year in which he molested two young boys and a young girl.

The report and other court documents say Hopley doesn’t understand why it’s wrong to molest children, and suggest there was a high risk he would reoffend.