October 27, 2013 6:25 pm

Paper bag rapist, one of B.C.’s most notorious sex offenders, to stay in Alberta jail

The man known as the ‘paper bag rapist’ will be spending at least another two years behind bars.

CKNW learned exclusively that John Horace Oughton was denied parole in Alberta last week. He was transferred out of B.C. to the Bowden Institution in Alberta last year.

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Oughton is believed to have sexually assaulted more than 100 women and children across the Lower Mainland in the 1980s. He is known as the ‘paper bag rapist’ because he used to make his victims wear a bag over their heads when he was assaulting them. Sometimes he wore a bag as well.

He was first arrested in September 1985, and it is believed the attacks started in 1977.

In 1987 he was found guilty of committing 14 sexual assaults over the previous 10 years, and he has admitted to committing up to 150.

He is eligible to apply for parole every two years.

“It’s hard to go through this every two years,” one of his victims told Global News in a previous interview. “And it’s hard on everybody around us. And we need to have a little more help and a little more support instead of him getting all the rights and we don’t get a lot of the rights and we have to jump through the loops to get where we need to go to attend these parole hearings.”

A friend of one of the victims spoke to Global News on Sunday about this ruling. She has been to every one of the parole hearings for Oughton and asked us not to use her name.

“It’s terrible what this man has done, just terrible,” she says. “And so many children and grown women, even women that had their children with them.”

“So this isn’t right, there’s no way this man should never ever be let out.”

She says she understands there are rules and regulations surrounding parole board hearings, but every two years it just hurts the families over and over.

“The good thing is is that he doesn’t cooperate with the people that he’s incarcerated with, with the workers there,” she says. “Because he won’t do anything, like they want him to take all of these little drills and different things that he has to learn how to do properly and he won’t do them.”

“I’m thrilled to death that he won’t do them, because then he’s going to have to stay there.”

Sources: The Langley Times, The Canadian Press

© Shaw Media, 2013

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