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CORNER BROOK Stanley Lee Broomfield’s statutory release from prison was supposed to be July 30, after he had served two-thirds of his sentence.
The National Parole Board, however, has decided that the man should remain behind bars for much longer.
Broomfield was convicted of sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl — who was being cared for by his wife — and assaulting and threatening other children in their home.
The board recently reviewed Broomfield’s detention, based on a referral by the Correctional Service of Canada, which was of the opinion that Broomfield is likely to commit a sexual offence against a child or to cause death or serious harm to another person before the full expiration of his sentence.
Broomfield, 41, was convicted of six offences, including sexual interference, assault and uttering threats, by a jury following a trial in February 2011. The offences took place in Port Saunders in 2008.
In a story The Western Star ran in March with the mother of the girl who was sexually assaulted, the family said it is terrified about the eventual release of Broomfield from prison. They have moved to a new community, but the mother said the fallout of the abuse she endured will follow them wherever they go.
The National Parole Board’s decision sheet, filed this past Tuesday, indicated that Broomfield went out of his way during court proceedings to make his victims feel uneasy and to even intimidate them.
During his sentencing, he was heard suggesting that his circumstances were the fault of his victims and their families.
At his trial, the court heard Broomfield committed several acts that were “serious violations of the child’s sexual integrity” and that he threatened to kill her parents if she told anyone what he had done to her.
He picked up another child by her hair and held her over a railing in the home and threatened to kill the other children who were there if they ever told anyone about anything he did.
Broomfield’s criminal record also involves domestic and general violence, including a threat to burn down the house of his partner’s family member.
A report on Broomfield’s participation in a sex offender program indicated that he made some progress, but there were still issues with his continued denial of having committed the sexual offences for which he was convicted.
“The report cited your statements and comments blaming your victims, saying that your victims lied, and blaming your lawyer as well,” read the parole board’s decision. “Due to your denial of your sexual offences, your self-management plans lacked details that would assist you in managing risk factors as they relate to such offending.”
The parole board took note that Broomfield was unable to explain why such young victims would have come forward with information about the offences if they had not occurred.
“It is obvious to the board that you have a substantial degree of indifference about the consequences of your actions on others,” wrote the author of the board’s decision.
Broomfield, who was given three years and four months for the offences involving these children, will not be released until Sept. 9, 2014 if he has to serve the entire sentence he has been given.
The parole board will review his case again on May 7, 2014.