High-risk sex offender Ryan James Gabourie was sentenced to a 398 day prisoner term yesterday after pleading guilty to breaching conditions of his probation order.
Gaboourie served a seven (7) year prison term for sexually molesting five (5) young boys between the ages of five (5) and eleven (11) and was released in 2011 on strict conditions that included not using or possessing a device that can connect to the internet. He was arrested again in June of 2012 after Police learned he was using Facebook to contact young boys.
Gabourie subsequently served a six month sentence for the Facebook breach and was released on November 13, 2012 with conditions he not access the internet. His release came with a Public Safety Alert courtesy of the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit warning the community he was a High Risk to re-offend.
Within a day of his release, Police nabbed Gabourie after placing him under surveillance and following him to the Millennium Library where he was observed to access the internet.
Provincial Court Judge Michel Chartier was told Gabourie has not responded to sexual offender treatment in prison and was considered a “narcissistic pedophile who is at a high-risk to offend again.” Chartier subsequently accepted a joint Crown / Defense recommendation for an eighteen (18) month sentence which includes a reduction for the 142 days Gabourie spent in pre-sentence custody.
In a year or so from now Gabourie will secure his freedom continue down on his path. A path that will undoubtedly see him continue his efforts to access social networking sites to facilitate his overpowering desire to sexually abuse young boys.
I take some solace knowing the dedicated professionals working in the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit will be waiting to greet him the moment he gains his freedom.
I was exposed to my first child molester case early in my Police career while working in uniform in a general patrol car.
The offender had been left in the care of two – four-year old girls, one was his daughter and the other was a child of a friend. When his wife and her friend went out to pick up some snacks for movie night, the perpetrator sexually abused his innocent little girl. When the women returned they found the distressed girl uncontrollably trembling as she lay in the fetal position on a couch. The offender had his shirt off and the women noticed the zipper on his pants was down.
The air of oppression in the room was heavy, the look of guilt on the man’s face told them everything they needed to know.
As the two women tried to forcefully eject the man off the balcony of their high-rise apartment, he squealed like a freshly stuck pig. His shrill screams alerted building security who called 911.
When we arrived at the scene, the women were still in the process of trying to dispatch the abuser over the handrail.
(I often wonder what might have happened if only our response time had been five (5) minutes slower.)
I would soon find out just how frustrating and emotionally draining interrogations with sexual offenders could be. In this case, the victim was a four (4) year old girl who would never be able to articulate the horrors of her crime. That job was up to me, it was my job to represent her and to make sure her offender was held accountable, hence the need to get the confession.
Sex offenders are wired differently. The are very much in tune with their interrogators body language, tone and attitude. They require a different approach in the interview room. If they sense your disgust or feel judged they almost always shut down. In my experience, a non-judgemental, soft approach works the best with these offenders.
The offender in this case was extremely shy and introverted and responded best to a hand-holding sympathetic approach. At times during the interview, I actually sat beside him and placed my arm around him, comforting him as he edged closer and closer to giving me the confession I so desperately wanted.
That confession came and the offender subsequently received a lengthy sentence that was served in a Federal Institution.
I recall being completely emotionally and physically exhausted when I walked out of that interview room. I had a weird feeling, it was almost like I felt dirty for being so kind and gentle with him. Those feelings quickly faded and were replaced with the warm feelings of accomplishment knowing the abuser was going to be put on ice and wouldn’t be able to hurt any kids for a while.
My experience in this case was one of the primary reasons I avoided working in Sex Crimes during my career.
I give the people who do this kind of work a tremendous amount of credit and respect.
Parents – you need to be vigilant when it comes to protecting your children from sexual predators. In writing this article I did some research that may enlighten you. I encourage you to take the time to review it, after all, knowledge is power!
JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH VOL 47 AUGUST 2010
- In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s likes and dislikes.
- 65% of online sex offendors used the victim’s social networking site to gain home and school information about the victim.
- 26% of online sex offendors used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s whereabouts at a specific time.
- Research indicates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before adulthood
- Over half (56%) of kids sexually solicited online were asked to send a picture; 27% of the pictures were sexually-oriented in nature.
- Of 178 sex offenders released from a maximum-security psychiatric facility, after an average follow-up of 59 months, 27.5% of the sex offenders sexually recidivated and 40.4% of the sex offenders were arrested, convicted or returned to the psychiatric facility for a violent offence.
- There is no way of tracking which countries a convicted sex offender has visited. Front-line passport control officers from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) do not have access to the names of the 30,000 Canadians on the National Sex Offender Registry or the 16,000 on the Ontario sex offender database, maintained by the OPP.