“I don’t know how they’re getting out of jail in the first place,” said Meldrum, the founder and chair of Little Warriors. “Why wasn’t the sentence long enough to keep them there when we know they’re not rehabilitated?”
Parole documents show Lyle Larsen was convicted of sexual interference and printing child pornography in 2009 after he “sexually assaulted and photographed [an] underage victim at a party,” violating a probation order that he not be alone with anyone under 14.
He had previously been convicted of sexually offending against another underage girl.
A psychological assessment dated April 2013 stated Lyle had “sexual deviance dating back to when [he] was 10 years old.” It estimates Lyle victimized another 19 girls and boys ranging in age from four to 17.
You will need to be strictly monitored for any potential contact with children in the community. Should you find yourself under stress in the community, your risk of sexually offending will increase.”
In 2013, Lyle was given statutory release, which is mandatory once an offender has served two-thirds of his sentence. The remaining third is served under supervision.
But the Correctional Service of Canada recommended Lyle’s release be revoked after inappropriate behavior towards a female caseworker. He was released again in April 2014 but the next month, Children’s Social Services received a complaint about him.
“You violated your condition of release when you were observed to be associating with an 11-year-old girl who suffers from autism, epilepsy and a chromosomal anomaly,” the documents read.
Lyle was released again in December 2016 on a number of conditions, including that he not attend a park or swimming area with children under 16; not attend a daycare, school or playground; and not use a computer to communicate with children under 16.
“The Edmonton Police Service has reasonable grounds to believe he will commit another sexual offence against someone under the age of 18,” said a news release at the time.
Lyle’s twin Cyle Larsen also has an extensive criminal history.
As a youth, he was convicted of sexual interference against a six-year-old, and he admitted to other sexual offences for which he had never been charged, parole documents say.
He served two years and nine months behind bars after he lured at 10-year-old girl to a basement and sexually assaulted her.
“Current and prior offences are considered violent in that underage, vulnerable children were preyed upon for your sexual satisfaction,” the documents read.
In 2012, Cyle admitted to staring at children out the windows of his grandparent’s home and viewing adult and child pornography, breaking the conditions of his release.
“You stated you knew what you were doing was wrong. … You disclosed that you were unable to control yourself.”
Cyle was released from Calgary Correctional Centre in August 2015 to live in the Edmonton area. At the time, Edmonton police said he posed “a risk of significant harm to the community” and would be monitored by the Behavioural Assessment Unit.
In June 2016, he appeared in court in Edmonton and was issued a 24-month peace bond. A peace bond is issued when a person seems likely to commit a criminal offence but there are no grounds to believe an offence has been committed.
The brothers cannot have contact with one another under their parole conditions.
Meldrum, whose organization is dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse, said the release of the two sex offenders is disturbing.
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