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Sex-offender alert follows disappearance that ended in murder charge

Nov 23 2011

Victoria police's warning Tuesday about a sex offender released into the community came days after another sexual predator being monitored by police was charged with murder.

Roger Dale Badour, 63, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 56-year-old woman near Princeton.

Victoria police issued a public warning when Badour was released from prison in January after a seven-year sentence for sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, choking and uttering threats.

Badour was a known flight risk, having walked away from his Vancouver halfway house in June 2008 on the day he was released on parole.

He went missing soon after his release in January, prompting the department to put out two more warnings. A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

Badour was stopped for a traffic violation by Penticton RCMP on Nov. 8 and three guns were found in his car. A day later, police discovered the body of Gisele Duckham, who had been shot inside her home in the town.

Det. Shawn Robson, Victoria police's high-risk offender officer, said the system "absolutely" failed. "You can't say that the system didn't fail because someone lost their life. We all bear that, even though I think we did everything we could."

Tracy Porteous, executive director of the Ending Violence Association, said police and parole officers are trying to monitor high-risk offenders in a broken system. "It's mind boggling that somebody would be released when everyone thinks he's going to reoffend," Porteous said.

Porteous said there has to be a provision under the law that allows an offender at risk to others or themselves to be detained, similar to what exists under the Mental Health Act.

A victims rights group in the Okanagan has called for sex offenders to wear electronic ankle bracelets once they are released.

The Correctional Service of Canada recently completed a three-year pilot project in Ontario in which male offenders were tracked through electronic bracelets. Corrections says provisions in the Conservatives' omnibus crime bill would allow some federal offenders — anyone serving two years or more — to be monitored this way.

B.C. Corrections uses electronic bracelets for some provincial offenders — anyone serving less than two years — who are ordered to serve their sentence in the community.

Last month, B.C. Corrections was supervising an average of 118 offenders via electronic monitoring, a spokeswoman said.

The Correctional Service will review Badour's release, as it does with all cases in which a parolee is unlawfully at large.

Badour served the seven-year sentence for luring a pregnant woman to a secluded rural area in Penticton, where he sexually assaulted her for six hours.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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