'Canada's worst pedophile' is back in custody

This federal halfway house operated locally by the Salvation Army on Dalhousie Street in Brantford,...

This federal halfway house operated locally by the Salvation Army on Dalhousie Street in Brantford, Ont., has withdrawn its support for James Cooper as a resident, saying he refused to follow the house rules, was demanding and made only minimal progress. (QMI Agency File Photo)

Susan Gamble, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:22 AM ET

BRANTFORD, Ont. -- A man some call Canada's worst pedophile has been taken back into custody because experts believed he was returning to his predatory behaviour.

James Cooper, 78, was rearrested in February, and information obtained by QMI Agency shows the Parole Board of Canada officially revoked Cooper's statutory release two weeks ago, after hearing that his case management team felt he was beginning his "offence cycle" again.

Cooper was convicted in 1993 of a list of grievous sexual assaults on six children, aged 7 to 14, using instruments of torture such as a cattle prod, buggy whip, cow halter, cat-of-nine tails, belts and sticks. His actions seriously traumatized his victims.

At a May 21 hearing, the parole board heard from the case management team that the risk of having Cooper in a federal halfway house had increased to an "unmanageable level" due to his actions that strongly suggested he was returning to "predatory behaviour, potentially against women and children."

Cooper made calls to a local community centre asking about programming for seniors that might coincide with programming for kids. At the same time, he was pressing his doctor to lower the levels of his anti-androgen medication, which can diminish male libido, the board's report said.

"Your risk is currently undue on any form of release," the board wrote.

"The board assesses that, while in the community, you were within the initial stages of your offence cycle and, as a result, an increased risk to reoffend."

Cooper was originally sentenced to 30 years, which was reduced on appeal to 21 years. His time will be fully served in January 2015.

He was given statutory release in 2008, but it was revoked in 2012 after several incidents and a failure to show any progress.

His recent statutory release in Brantford saw him arrive in the city Dec. 5, 2013. He was rearrested Feb. 7.

Cooper has taken numerous courses, various counselling treatments and an intense circle of support but his assessments show he hasn't benefited from them.

He'll have no overnight leave privileges until the board meets again about his case and, according to documents, a new statutory release date will be calculated and assigned.

susan.gamble@sunmedia.ca

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