Serial rapist charged in connection to abduction
A serial rapist who was the subject of a public warning when he arrived in Kamloops in May has been charged in connected to last week’s abduction of a woman in North Kamloops.
Jack Froese, 31, was charged on Monday, Nov. 28, with kidnapping, sexual assault causing bodily harm, administering a noxious substance and theft of a motor vehicle.
The charges stem from the Nov. 24 abduction of a 39-year-old woman from the Crystal Blush store on Tranquille Road.
The woman vanished at about 3:30 p.m. and turned up at a home in Westmount, injured and seeking help.
Froese will be held in custody in the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre until his next court date of Jan. 12.
Froese had been living with family in Valleyview since being released from prison on May 15.
Froese has a history of committing violent sexual assaults.
According to his most recent decision from the Parole Board of Canada, he also has a history of disobeying release conditions.
The decision, dated Feb. 21, 2008, ordered Froese detained for the remainder of his three-year sentence in a federal penitentiary for sexual assault with a weapon and uttering threats.
In the document, the Parole Board of Canada describes Froese as “still likely to commit an offence causing death or serious bodily harm to another person.”
The three-year sentence came after a June 2004 incident in Saskatoon, in which Froese held a hotel worker at knifepoint for 25 minutes as he raped and threatened to kill her.
“Throughout the sexual offence, you held a knife at her throat and threatened to kill her if she yelled or resisted your intrusive actions,” the document reads.
“This action clearly demonstrated your willingness to brutally harm her if your needs were not satisfied.”
According to the decision, the rape — which caused “psychological damage” to the 19-year-old victim — occurred while Froese was already on strict court-ordered conditions.
“Notably, you were subject to a probation order at the time as a result of a sexual assault you had been convicted of in 2003,” it reads.
The 2003 conviction came after Froese, while drunk, “attempted to have intercourse with a female acquaintance after she had rejected your advances,” the document states.
Froese also violated the conditions of his statutory release while serving his sentence for the June 2004 rape, according to the decision.
“That release was revoked as a consequence of the facts that you absconded, left your supervision area, were dishonest with others, collected pornography (a self-identified high-risk act), attempted to meet with a woman whose stolen property you possessed.”
The decision also noted Froese had several names and numbers of local women in his room at the community corrections centre, without mentioning where the infractions occurred.
“Despite the programming you had received and were receiving, you were prepared to place yourself in high-risk situations.
“This illustrates to the board that you remain indifferent to the consequences your actions may have on others.”
Saskatoon police only connected Froese to the 2004 incident after he was arrested on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan with restraint devices, condoms and a list containing the names of school cheerleaders.
The Parole Board of Canada concluded Froese has a hard time controlling his behaviour.
“It is evident from file information that you have difficulty controlling your anger and/or impulsive behaviour, particularly when under the influence of drugs,” the decision reads.
Two days after moving to Kamloops, Froese was arrested and charged with breaching his release condition after being caught smoking marijuana. He was later convicted.
He received a 46-day jail sentence and was fined $50.
“You have been assessed as presenting a high-risk for violent and sexual recidivism,” the parole document states.
“That level of risk did not decrease appreciably as a result of program completion while incarcerated [at the time the decision was written].”
It is unknown whether Froese completed additional programming during his most recent prison sentence.
However, he was at no time granted parole and served the entire sentence in custody. Offenders who successfully complete treatment are often granted early release.
According to Kamloops RCMP, Froese had been living under conditions barring him from drinking, using drugs, accessing pornography or being in possession of weapons, disguises and restraint devices.
He was also bound by a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and barred from contacting any of his previous victims or entering “a private residence, dormitory, hotel, inn or other building where persons sleep or reside.”
Kamloops RCMP Supt. Lacasse called the incident “horrific” and said Froese was a concern for local police since he arrived in the community six months ago.
“He’s currently in custody and we’re happy for that,” he said, noting officers “checked” Froese 146 times in the 147 days he was living in Kamloops.
“But, there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
Lacasse wouldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation and what specifically remains to be done.
He also wouldn’t shed much light on the injuries suffered by the victim and asked that she be given privacy.
“She did suffer some injuries,” he said.
“I’m not going to go into any detail about the extent of her injuries right now.”
Some media have identified the victim by name. Lacasse asked that she not be named.