Calls for review of inmate escape after horrific crimes revealed in parole docs
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The title of “dangerous offender” speaks volumes about Darrell Moosomin’s criminal past. News he disappeared over the weekend sparked public outrage as he was serving an indefinite sentence for his violent history.
But just how horrific his crimes were is now clear after the release of documents by the Parole Board of Canada late Thursday.
One of the worst crimes happened in 1994. Moosomin confined and tortured a victim for eight hours, according to the documents. The victim was able to escape after he fell asleep.
The victim suffered injuries and trauma to most of her body. The parole board told Moosomin: “you injured your victim in the groin area and sewed her up without anesthetic.”
Watch below: Darrell Moosomin was out on an escorted temporary absence from a federal prison in central Alberta when he disappeared. Nancy Hixt reports Aug. 15, 2016.
Moosomin has approximately 74 convictions dating back to 1979, including sexual assault, assault with a weapon, obstructing a police officer and forcible confinement.
The documents say he held a knife against the neck of a male victim threatening to kill him, sexually assaulted a girlfriend and her two young children and assaulted an ex-girlfriend’s brother–injuring his legs so badly that one needed to be amputated.
Multiple victim impact statements submitted to the board speak of fear of the now 54-year-old. That fear was magnified when the offender continuously contacted his victims from jail.
The Parole Board of Canada asked Moosomin why he committed such “horrendous” offences. He said he “wanted the victim to feel the pain and hurt [he was] feeling.” He said he considered his victims to be his property.
The documents obtained by Global News also outline crimes involving a baby. Moosomin admitted to the board he’s committed “probably a lot” of other violent crimes that he’s never been caught for.
The board noted he’s expressed remorse for what he’s done and said jail has given him the opportunity to turn his life around.
Moosomin was raised by foster parents after his mother was killed in a car accident. His father was unable to care for him due to substance abuse issues. He has six children from various relationships.
He has taken multiple programs to address his risk, including several sex offender treatment programs. The most recent one was completed in 2014.
Much of his time in custody has been spent at “healing lodges” but the board noted it has been wrought with issues. He often acted inappropriately towards female staff, which resulted in him being sent to higher-security facilities.
A warrant remains out for his arrest after he walked away while on an escorted temporary absence Aug. 13 from Pe Sakastew healing lodge, where he’d been since March 2015. He was escorted by an elder to a powwow at the Samson Cree Nation at Maskwacis in central Alberta when he disappeared.
Victim advocates question why Moosomin was granted any freedoms at all.
“Why do we have a dangerous offender application process if it’s not going to mean anything? We need way more accountability,” said Danielle Aubry of Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse.
“Dangerous offender should mean something. There’s a fairly big flaw in the system and the attention needs to be [brought] to it because other people are going to get hurt,” she said.
Prior to his latest escape, he had participated in dozens of escorted temporary absences.
But the freedoms Moosomin received stopped there. He has been turned down over and over for full parole and day parole, most recently in 2014.
A sex offender assessment of Moosomin was completed in February 2016, deeming him a “medium risk.” Prior assessments deemed him as a moderate- to high-risk to reoffend and his request to have “unescorted” temporary absences was declined.
The board noted Moosomin would “present an undue risk to society” if left unescorted.
Moosemin also has a prior conviction for escaping lawful custody.
The Justice Department of Canada declined to comment on the case, deflecting to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).
Officials said “it would be inappropriate for CSC to comment on a review of the justice system. What we can tell you is that CSC reviews the circumstances surrounding all escapes.”
Late Friday afternoon, Maskwacis RCMP issued a release saying there was an alleged sighting of Moosomin at 4 a.m. Patrols of the area did not locate him. Police warned people not to approach Moosomin.
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