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At the hearing, Nadon expressed shame and regret for his actions, according to the board’s decision, and was able to recognize the harm done to the victims and to his family. According to the document, he and his wife divorced following his conviction. Nadon also explained that he had reflected a lot and considerably progressed emotionally because he had become able to show vulnerability to others, which wasn’t the case when he was active in his cycle of crime.
As for his sexuality, Nadon explained he was embarrassed and unsatisfied with his “conservative” sexual relationship with his partner, and his crimes represented a desire to pursue sexual contact. The important thing for him now is to be able to connect with other people on an emotional level, not a sexual one, according to the decision.
It did note some concerns aired about Nadon. He worked while in prison and participated in many voluntary courses and workshops through chaplaincy and mental health services. His case management team expressed concern that he had been too busy to reflect and develop insight.
And, although the Correctional Service of Canada recommended granting day parole, there was concern about Nadon’s overconfidence and ability to adjust to a less-luxurious lifestyle.
Ultimately, the board was of the opinion that Nadon wouldn’t present an unacceptable risk to society if released on day parole and that his release would contribute to the protection of society by promoting his reintegration as a law-abiding citizen: criteria by which the parole board makes conditional release decisions.
According to the Statistical Information on Recidivism Scale, Nadon was assessed as being at low risk of re-offending within three years of release, the decision noted. He has made contact with a Circle of Support and Accountability, a community program for sex offenders.
With files from Jacquie Miller
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