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Bait diaper leads to arrest of Prince George sex offender

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As part of a supervision order, Ricky Bruce Gordon, 57, was prohibited from possessing diapers, dolls and children’s underwear.

PRINCE GEORGE — A convicted sex offender was sentenced Wednesday to a further two years less a day in jail, plus three years’ probation, after he was caught in a police sting violating the terms of his long-term supervision order and showing signs of turning back to his old ways.

As part of the order, Ricky Bruce Gordon, 57, was prohibited from possessing diapers, dolls and children’s underwear. But earlier this year, RCMP received a report from the halfway house where he had been living that he may be violating that term.

Police followed up and spotted him going in and out of family washrooms without making any purchases at the businesses he was attending. Mounties then planted marked diapers at two of those locations and in mid-March he was caught with one of them and arrested. Police also found a handful of other prohibited items at the time, the court heard Wednesday.

It was the fifth time Gordon had been found in breach of the order, all the infractions committed in the same manner. Past sentences were one day, nine months, 24 months and 20 months, respectively, with the 10-year order, imposed in 2003, put on hold while Gordon served his time.

This time Gordon was sentenced to three years less time served and because the rest of the sentence is less than two years, it will be served in a provincial institution. It was also recommended that Gordon serve that time at Ford Mountain, which houses a sex-offender treatment program.

In issuing the sentence, a joint submission from the Crown and defence counsels, provincial court Judge Cassandra Malfair noted that there was no suggestion Gordon was trying to secure a child but that the prohibition had been put in place to prevent him from starting down that path.

She also noted that Gordon had been expelled from treatment programs in the past but also fears going to jail, and she held out the hope that a lengthier sentence will give him the motivation to complete the program this time.

Add on the three years of probation, and Gordon will remain under supervision for a further five years. Terms of his probation include wearing an electronic monitor, allowing a police officer to photograph him on request, avoiding being in the company of minors and refraining from using washrooms where there is a changing table whenever possible.

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