A convicted pedophile who has already served the equivalent of a 15-year prison sentence could face another 10 years in custody, after he was arrested for breaching a release condition he stay away from schools.
Christopher Knight, 48, was arrested in April, after police officers reported seeing him drive by a St. Norbert elementary school at the end of the school day.
On Thursday, provincial court Judge Robert Heinrichs denied Knight bail, saying there remain "tremendous concerns" about the risk he poses to children.
In 2008, Knight pleaded guilty to repeatedly sexually abusing two young children between 1995 and 2004, and one count of possessing child pornography. He received double credit of 9 1/2 years for time served, plus another 5 1/2 years in custody.
Knight was classified as a long-term offender, a designation that requires he be subject to 10 years of intensive supervision upon completion of his sentence. A forensic report prepared at the time of his sentencing assessed Knight as a "high risk for future sexual offending."
Knight's release conditions included a requirement he not attend schools, parks, playgrounds, daycare centres or any other location where children under 14 are expected to congregate. Offenders convicted of violating conditions of their long-term supervision orders can face sentences of up to 10 years in prison.
When arrested in April, Knight had a dashboard camera mounted in his car and sex toys in a backpack, police reported.
"Driving in front of a school, at dismissal time, with a dash-cam are all red flags," Crown attorney Melinda Murray told court Thursday, noting while the sex toys were not specifically prohibited under the terms of Knight's supervision order, they could be viewed as an indicator of his continuing risk to children.
"Any breach has to be considered extremely serious," Murray said. "The risk posed by Mr. Knight is so high any breach is troubling."
Court heard Knight's mother removed the dash-cam from the vehicle before police secured a search warrant and it was not known what images, if any, it had recorded.
Knight's lawyer, Ethan Pollock, said his client was driving to work at the time of his arrest, and dismissed concern over the dash-cam as "overblown."
"He's been on release nearly seven years... This is the first breach I can see on his record," Pollock said. "On the sliding scale of breaches, this gravitates toward the lower end."
Knight has been "blackballed" in the eyes of the community and is presumed dangerous no matter what he does, Pollock said. The crimes that sent Knight to prison "are shocking and disturbing... but he has served his time for what he has done."
Knight is to return to court July 22.