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Infamous, chronic pedophile declines to seek parole

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It was dubbed the "deal with the devil," one that could see a notorious Canadian pedophile set free following his latest crimes against two young Prairie boys.

But fears of Peter Whitmore's potential return to society can be put to rest, at least for now. Whitmore has elected not to ask the National Parole Board to let him out of prison, despite being eligible to seek release.

Whitmore, 42, was given a controversial life sentence after pleading guilty to kidnapping and sexual assaulting two young boys from Manitoba and Saskatchewan in 2006. Under law, a life sentence in a non-murder case means parole eligibility is automatically set at seven years.

Whitmore passed on a first parole attempt in 2013, the Free Press has confirmed. He is eligible every year from now, but whether he gets parole in 2014 -- or ever -- remains to be seen. His horrific criminal history will be considered, along with the specifics of his crimes and what he's been doing with his time behind bars.

Saskatchewan justice officials came under fire in 2007 when they agreed not to seek a dangerous-offender designation in exchange for Whitmore's admission of guilt. As a dangerous offender, Whitmore would have been given an indefinite prison term and the chances of him getting freedom again are remote.

Whitmore could be the poster boy for Canada's revolving-door justice system. He had already established a horrendous criminal record before he shocked the nation with a sadistic con job in summer 2006.

Whitmore laid the groundwork for the abduction of a 14-year-old Winnipeg boy following a chance encounter with the victim's stepfather while working construction. Using a bogus name, Whitmore quickly earned the family's trust before stealing their child and heading to Saskatchewan, where the boy was used as bait to kidnap a 10-year-old rural Saskatchewan boy.

That triggered the first-ever Amber Alert in Saskatchewan, which ended two days later when a citizen spotted Whitmore hiding out in an abandoned farmhouse near Kipling, about 150 kilometres east of Regina. The two boys were rescued, and Whitmore was arrested.

Whitmore's criminal history dates back to 1989 and includes five sex-related convictions that always resulted in him being released into the community. He has served several short periods in jail but was always released at the expiration of his sentences, despite alarming signs he was likely to reoffend.

Those signs include finding pictures of nude and partially clothed young boys in his jail cell and setting up a bogus babysitting service so he could scope out future victims.

Whitmore has previously asked to be chemically castrated while in prison, believing that's the only way to control his deviant urges. It's unknown if he's undergone the procedure, which involves ingesting a cocktail of hormonal drugs that taken over an extended time, can permanently remove a person's hormonal drives and his ability to create testosterone.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2013 A7

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