Editor’s note: An earlier version of the Sept. 9 update said police arrested Thorne around 12:20 a.m. Sunday. This is the information police initially released Monday afternoon. The Regina Police Service issued a correction Tuesday morning.
Sept. 9 update: The Regina Police Service (RPS) said Jason Paul Thorne was arrested Saturday, Sept. 7 for being unlawfully at large — in breach of the conditions of his statutory release.
A public disclosure notification was issued by the RPS on Aug. 14 that he was living in the Heritage neighbourhood. Thorne has a criminal history of sexual offences against girls.
Police were called around 11:40 p.m. on Saturday after receiving word Thorne allegedly left his residence. The conditions of his release included a curfew. Thorne was arrested without on Monday Sept. 9 around 1:20 a.m. There are no new charges against him.
Thorne appeared in Regina’s provincial court on Monday.
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Regina police are issuing a warning that a high-risk sexual offender is living in Regina.
Jason Thorne, 42, is living in the Heritage neighbourhood in a residence that provides supervision and monitoring of his activities.
Thorne is considered to pose a high risk to the community as his criminal history includes sexual offences against female children and re-offending.
He was recently released from custody and was living in that residence as of May 24, but was arrested on May 31.
Police say the arrest was not because of a new criminal offence, but because he violated the “strict conditions” of his release.
Police said the possibility of intervention efforts to reduce his risk is not likely.
Thorne is currently on a statutory release and scheduled to resume his long-term supervision order on Sept. 9.
Thorne must abide by several conditions including following a treatment plan regarding sexual deviance and substance abuse, residing at a facility approved by the Correctional Service of Canada, abstain from consuming all intoxicants including alcohol, and follow psychological counselling.
He also must not be in the presence of any children under the age of 18 unless accompanied by an adult who knows his criminal history, has been approved and cannot be in or around a place where children may congregate, among other conditions.
Thorne is described as 5’ 9, weighing approximately 170 pounds, with a medium build, brown eyes, and black hair.
Police said this warning is for the public to raise public awareness and to carry out preventative measures and must not be used for vigilantism.
Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500.
Any person who wishes to report an incident where Jason Paul Thorne is in violation of the aforementioned conditions should call the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).