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Calgary ‘Hemlock Crescent Rapist’ granted unescorted passes in community

FILE: Emile Cromwell. Global News

CALGARY – The man known as the Hemlock Crescent Rapist will be allowed to leave prison unescorted.

Emile Cromwell put an entire city on high alert in the 1980s and early 90s when he broke into Calgary homes and raped four women after covering their heads with pillowcases.

Now 72 years old, Cromwell is currently serving a 20-year sentence for sexual assault with a weapon, sexual assault causing bodily harm, and break and enter with intent.

The Parole Board of Canada has granted Cromwell 72-hours a month in unescorted passes to visit his wife at her home. The Board has deemed he is a moderate-to-low risk to re-offend. The board also noted that Cromwell’s sex drive is diminished from earlier in his adult life.

The unescorted absences from prison are authorized for the next six months. Cromwell has a list of conditions he has to follow when released on a pass. They include no contact with his victims or with children, and he cannot possess pornography

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It took police nearly 12 years to break the case, using advances in DNA technology that finally led to his arrest in 2004.

Cromwell is eligible for statutory release in April of 2019.

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