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'High risk' offender back in custody

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A serial violent offender who only recently left federal prison and returned to Manitoba is back in custody today accused of breaching his long-term supervision order.

Between Dec. 23 and Jan. 27, Kenton Bryer is suspected of consuming illegal, non-prescription drugs in violation of his parole conditions.

Bryer, 49, was arrested this week and returned to custody to face a new charge in provincial court.

Bryer, also known as Richard Dale Bryer, was set free from an Alberta prison last summer after serving every day of his 10-year sentence. He signalled he was planning to live in Winnipeg.

His release prompted police and officials in the Manitoba Integrated High-Risk Sex Offender Unit to issue a public warning that he was a "high risk" to reoffend in a sexual and/or violent way and that all females were at risk.

His most recent conviction came nearly 10 years after a September 1999 incident where he sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman — a stranger — at knifepoint inside a vehicle after pulling her off the street.

Advancements in DNA-testing technology in the mid-2000s were credited for helping police develop a profile which influenced his arrest years after the fact.

At the time he was convicted, Bryer was already serving a seven-year prison term for sexually assaulting two teen girls in separate attacks in 1997, police and the province say.

He has other violent convictions on his record as well, including one for attacking a woman.

Upon being sentenced in 2009, the courts placed Bryer on a 10-year Long Term Supervision Order meant to check his movements and activities while out of prison.

Bryer is presumed innocent of the drug-related breach. He was due to make an administrative court appearance this morning.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM CDT: corrects typos

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