May 30th, 2024

B.C. sex offender pleads guilty to breaching supervision order following manhunt

By The Canadian Press on April 26, 2024.

Randall Hopley is shown in an undated police handout photo. Hopley, a high-risk sex offender who went on the run for 10 days in Vancouver, has pleaded guilty to breaching his long-term supervision order. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Vancouver Police *MANDATORY CREDIT*

VANCOUVER – A high-risk sex offender who went on the run for 10 days in Vancouver has pleaded guilty to breaching his long-term supervision order and failing to attend court.

The province’s prosecution service confirmed that Randall Hopley entered the guilty pleas in provincial court on Friday.

Hopley walked away from a halfway house in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside after cutting off his ankle monitor in November.

The public manhunt ended when investigators said Hopley turned up outside a police station to give himself up because he was feeling cold.

Hopley had completed a six-year prison term for the 2011 abduction of a three-year-old boy in southeastern B.C.

He was released in 2018 to live in a halfway house under a 10-year supervision order, but was arrested in January for allegedly violating conditions of the order by visiting a library and getting too close to children.

He was on bail for that charge when he disappeared.

Hopley is expected to be in court next month to schedule a date for a sentencing hearing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 26, 2024.

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