The former owner of the Super Aqua Club in Pointe-Calumet, convicted of sexual abuse of minors, will be able to regain his freedom, despite the contrary advice of his parole officer.
Réjean-Julien Proulx was sentenced to four years in prison in February 2019.
Its journey is yet at a stage ” embryonic “, according to his case management team (ÉGC), which highlights a lack of progress sufficient to reduce her risk of recurrence, estimated to be ” moderate “.
The 59 year old man have also a relationship with a fellow inmate ” rather young and vulnerable “, which has “sown doubt” on its willingness to change.
For the ÉGC, this relationship is similar to the one that Proulx had with his victims between 1993 and 2000, as well as in 2017.
It benefited in particular from its position of authority to buy the silence of its victims who are minors by providing them with money, trips and gifts.
“Your ÉGC comes to the conclusion that the risk [of recurrence] may not be adequately managed in the community and, therefore, recommends that the Commission deny day parole and full parole at this stage of your sentence,” one can read in the decision of the parole Board of Canada (PBC), in which The Journal has obtained a copy.
In spite of everything, in spite of this warning, the PBC has allowed the last week of semi-freedom for a period of six months to one that has admitted to sexually assaulting five teenage boys.
It may therefore leave the penitentiary for a stay in a transition house.
Proulx has also confessed to the police to be the perpetrator of sexual assault against a dozen other boys aged between the ages of about 15 years, between 1990 and 1995.
No action has, however, been given to the confessions, it is in the decision.
In the opinion of the commissioners, Jacques Lapommeray and Micheline Beaubien, Proulx shows how even changes that are ” measurable and qualifiable “.
It does ” not pose an unacceptable risk to society “, according to them.
He denies his attraction
However, an assessment report, specializing in sexual delinquency conducted in 2019 notes that Proulx is recognised as “no problem of sexual deviance,” and denies any attraction to minors.
In order to limit the risks, the Commission imposed conditions to be complied with “to protect society” and ” promote [his] reintegration “.
In addition to the prohibition of contact to victims and their families, Proulx should have no contact with minors under 16 years of age, or find themselves in proximity to places where they might gather.
He must also notify his or her supervisor of parole of all sex, non-sexual, friendly relations with parents of children under the age of 16 years “.
– With the collaboration of Claudia Berthiaume