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Rapist locked up indefinitely

Judge declares man dangerous offender

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A career criminal who victimized two vulnerable Winnipeg women and a child in an hours-long "violent sexual rampage" has been given an indefinite prison stay.

Peter Lloyd Roger Laporte, 39, was declared a dangerous offender Tuesday, meaning he'll remain locked up until he can prove to parole officials he no longer poses a public risk.

"Laporte has no remorse for his sexual crimes or empathy for his victims," Court of Queen's Bench Justice Perry Schulman wrote in a 20-page written decision. "Laporte's problems are so numerous, so serious and so interrelated that he is unlikely to significantly reduce the risk that he presents in the foreseeable future."

Arrested at the scene of his final of three Nov. 23, 2008, attacks, Laporte fought his case every step of the way. He was convicted after a lengthy trial in 2012 in which his own mother played a crucial role for the Crown after she identified him in security video seized by police during their investigation.

On the day of his violent spree, Laporte first followed an eight-year-old boy into an apartment block on Balmoral Street, took him into a stairwell and violently raped him. The child escaped and ran for help after someone startled his attacker. The boy was taken to hospital and treated for serious injuries and has suffered lasting emotional problems.

About 6:45 p.m. the same day, Laporte went to a Cumberland Avenue apartment block and cornered a 23-year-old woman who was holding her two-year-old child in an elevator. He held a knife against her body and tried to pull them into a stairwell. Another tenant interrupted the incident. Again there was video surveillance and Laporte was identified as the attacker.

The final incident happened around 9:30 p.m. when he attacked a 48-year-old woman he randomly encountered in the West End. Laporte offered the stranger some alcohol and she went with him to the same Cumberland apartment block (Laporte was living there at the time). He sucker-punched her and forced sexual intercourse on her.

The apartment caretaker heard the woman's screams and rushed to help. He overpowered Laporte and sat on him until police arrived. Laporte lashed out at the arresting officers, kicking and punching them while screaming he had HIV and was going to infect them.

He was also convicted of an eerily similar attack on a woman that happened on Dec. 15, 2007. The charge was initially stayed and Laporte was sprung from jail 13 days before the sex-related spree after the victim became critically injured in an unrelated incident and couldn't testify.

Laporte has serious addictions-related issues, Schulman said, calling them "disorders" that are so severe he is a danger to the public.

His criminal record spans more than 40 convictions, stretching back into the 1990s, but his most recent crimes were more serious, Schulman suggested.

Prosecutor John Field called extensive evidence to support the Crown's dangerous offender bid, including police officers from Edmonton, where Laporte once lived.

Laporte declined to answer key questions for a court-ordered psychological assessment. The evaluation found he had "significant psychopathic personality traits."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 2, 2013 A8

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