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Child sex offender Hopley returns to court Dec. 8

Randall Hopley is being held at the medium-security Mountain Institution in Agassiz.
Randall Hopley, 58, a high-risk sex offender who failed to return to his halfway house, is now awaiting a Dec. 8 court appearance.

A high-risk child sex offender who was on the run for more than a week remains in custody pending a Dec. 8 court appearance.

Randall Hopley, 58, never returned to his Vancouver halfway house, the Salvation Army's Harbour Light facility, on Nov. 4.

His electronic ankle monitoring bracelet was removed at Main Street and East 8th Avenue.

A Canada-wide warrant was subsequently issued. A second warrant was issued when he failed to attend Vancouver Provincial Court Nov. 6.

Hopley was living at the Downtown Eastside halfway house as part of his 10-year long-term supervision order. Police believe he was attempting to avoid court for allegedly breaching a long-term supervision order. 

On Nov. 14, Hopley was found waiting outside the Vancouver Police Department building on East Cordova Street and taken into police custody. 

Back in 2011, he abducted a three-year-old boy from his home in Sparwood in southeastern B.C. and was released with conditions under a long-term supervision order. Hopley held the boy captive in a cabin for four days before returning him unharmed. 

He completed a six-year prison term for the incident.

Hopley has a history of sex offences against children, sexual assault, assault and property crime convictions, police said.

He was due in Vancouver Provincial Court Nov. 24 but the case was put over to Dec. 8.

Sources tell Glacier Media Hopley is being held at the medium-security Mountain Institution in Agassiz.

With files from Alanna Kelly