Jack Froese declared dangerous offender

Man who kidnapped, drugged and raped a store owner in 2011 gets indeterminate jail sentence

Even without psychological reports - some that place him at the 99th percentile of offenders - Jack Froese's violent rapes make him a dangerous offender who deserves an indeterminate sentence, a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled Friday.

Froese, 33, was led away by sheriffs while a friend of his latest victim shouted "die in there."

Outside the courtroom, the woman, who worked as a retail clerk the day Froese kidnapped, drugged and assaulted her, hugged prosecutor Joel Gold. She was surrounded by supporters and attended much of the hearing.

Gold successfully sought the designation and indeterminate sentence on behalf of the Crown.

Under the law, Froese will be up for a review by the parole board in less than two years. But the reality of the sentence means Froese has been placed among a class of the worst of offenders with the smallest chance of getting out of jail.

"Some cases speak for themselves," Justice Peter Rogers said of the facts of Froese's three rapes and criminal offences beginning at 13 years old.

He was convicted of 24 offences as a youth, including property crimes and failure to comply with court conditions.

At age 22, he sexually assaulted his sister's 16-year-old friend, receiving a seven-month jail sentence.

Two years later, in 2004, he trapped a 19-year-old chambermaid in a Saskatoon hotel room, restraining and raping her.

He was arrested by RCMP later at a university campus with a journal recounting sexual assault stories - including one with remarkable similarities to the hotel attack - as well as knives and pictures and names of cheerleaders.

A notation in Froese's journal said "next time I'm thinking of using toys and taking pictures of my next adventure."

He was jailed three years.

By that time authorities became acutely aware of his risks. He was given a high priority for the most intensive treatment available in Canada.

He was eventually released on parole to a halfway house in 2007, when authorities believed he'd made some progress. But after Froese left the house without permission, officials found pornography as well as duct tape and a name torn from a phone book along with a picture of a local woman.

Froese was jailed and convicted of being at large. After his statutory release from prison, police sought to control him through a court order restricting him from drugs and weapons.

More breaches followed as well as a conviction for assaulting his girlfriend.

Froese came to Kamloops in May, 2011, after his jail sentences were exhausted. He told authorities he would live with his mother and was bound by another court order.

A specially trained probation officer supervised Froese here, with police making one or two checks nightly. He was also interviewed by psychiatrists and psychologists.

But in November the same year, after he told the probation officer he was in a happy relationship with a woman pregnant with his child and was receiving job training, Froese used his paycheque to buy drugs -drug use that preceded all his sex crimes.

Froese admitted to kidnapping a retail clerk, injecting her with cocaine and sexually assaulting her in a terrifying ordeal that left the woman with post-traumatic stress disorder, "agony, anguish and emotional trauma," Rogers said.

A court-appointed psychologist as well as psychiatrists who interviewed Froese earlier diagnosed him with anti-social personality disorder. He scored in the 97th percentile on a psychopathy score.

In another test for re-offending, he placed in the 99th percentile.

But Rogers said even without expert evidence it is plain on the facts that Froese is a sexual deviant whose violence escalates with each offence.

While the defence sought a jail term followed by long-term supervision outside prison, Rogers said Froese proved while in Kamloops that doesn't work - despite extensive safeguards.

"The evidence doesn't suggest Mr. Froese will in the future make use of risk-reducing behaviour."

Calling him "self-absorbed as ever," Rogers also noted Froese declined to say anything to the court, including expression of remorse for his victim.

"He has no empathy for his victim."

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