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Serial rapist who terrorized Surrey in late ’90s released back into community where he committed crimes

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Earon Wayne Giles was released May 24 after spending 22 years in prison for six counts of break-and-enter to commit a sexual assault.

Surrey RCMP say Earon Wayne Giles poses a high risk to re-offend. Submitted photo / Surrey RCMP

Surrey’s mayor says he’s “appalled” by the release of a dangerous sex offender into his community and is calling for legislative changes to how government deals with high-risk offenders.

Earon Wayne Giles was released May 24 after spending 22 years in prison for six counts of break-and-enter to commit a sexual assault.

“I am appalled that this sexual predator is being released into the very community that he committed his heinous crimes,” said Mayor Doug McCallum in a news release. “This not only puts our citizens at risk, but it is also a re-victimization of the victims.”

In a public warning, Surrey RCMP said Giles is “deemed a high risk to re-offend” and is subject to a long list of court conditions, including being forbidden from contacting any of his victims or their families.

Giles, 45, was a serial rapist who targeted young, single mothers in the late 1990s. Operating with a partner, he sexually assaulted five Surrey women between 1992 and ’94.

In his judgment, the judge took note of Giles’ “grossly reprehensible conduct.”

“The level of violence escalated over the course of the offences; telephone lines were cut; money was stolen from most victims; and, one victim was subjected to two separate attacks less than a month apart,” reads the judgment.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko says police are aware of Giles’ location and will be working with his bail supervisors to make sure he obeys the strict terms of his release.

“I think it’s understandable that people including the mayor feel upset that we have a person like this reside in our community,” said Sturko.

Sturko says the province’s top Mounties personally approved a public statement about Giles’ release, which was also approved by the B.C. privacy commissioner.

“This isn’t about frightening the public. This is about giving the public as much information as we can to let them know he’s in the community,” said Sturko.

In his statement, McCallum condemned Giles’ release and called for changes in how dangerous offenders are released.

“Our system isn’t working, and what we have here borders on the absurd,” said McCallum. “We need an overhaul in how we deal with these sexual predators.”

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