Serial rapist to plead guilty
A convicted rapist accused of abducting, drugging and sexually assaulting a Kamloops woman last year is apparently ready to come clean.
Jack Froese, the 31-year-old serial rapist charged in connection with an incident in North Kamloops last November, is expected to enter guilty pleas in B.C. Supreme Court as early as next week.
Froese is facing counts of kidnapping, sexual assault and administering a noxious substance.
On Nov. 24, it's alleged he violently abducted a Kamloops woman from the Tranquille Road store at which she worked.
Police said at the time she was held and sexually assaulted over a period of hours.
Investigators also allege he drugged her during the ordeal.
Froese was arrested the following day.
He's expected to appear in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, April 30, to set a date for guilty plea and sentencing.
Froese has a long criminal record including multiple convictions for violent sexual offences, and has served lengthy terms in federal institutions. According to parole documents, he's refused treatment in the past.
Last May, when Froese was released from a federal prison and took up residence with family in Kamloops, he was the subject of a rare warning from the RCMP.
Police at the time released his picture, a list of some of his past offences and the conditions he was to abide by in the community.
After he was arrested in November, Kamloops RCMP Supt. Yves Lacasse said Mounties checked in on Froese 146 times in the 147 days he was living in Kamloops.
THE FROESE FILE
This background information was published in KTW and on kamloopsthisweek.com following Froese's arrest in November.
Froese has a history of committing violent sexual assaults.
And, 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 and had several names and numbers of local women in your room at the community corrections centre,” it reads, 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.”