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Mother of victim says high possibility Cormack man will reoffend

Peter Hoyles of Cormack, shown here in this file photo, is back in police custody.
Peter Hoyles of Cormack, shown here in this file photo, is back in police custody. - Star file photo

The mother of one of the victims of convicted sex offender Peter Hoyles is thrilled the Cormack man has been arrested on a breach of parole.

According to a CBC article Tuesday, Hoyles was working at a coffee counter at the Paradise Double Ice Complex. It’s a place where kids play hockey and at least one of his coworkers was underage.

The Western Star is withholding the woman’s identity. She had been identified as Mary when she spoke out about the sentence Hoyles received for the sexual assault of her daughter in December 2015.

Back then, she said the three-year sentence, which was reduced to just over a year and half to reflect time served, wasn’t long enough.

Hoyles assaulted her daughter in 2013 when she was 14. She was not his only victim and he was convicted in 2017, on a retrial, of sexually assaulting another 14-year-old girl in 2011.

“When I heard the name on the radio, I thought, oh God, … then it was just for a breach of parole, not that he had done it to someone else,” she said.

She thinks there is a high possibility Hoyles will reoffend. She doesn’t think he’s ever going to have a level of understanding that it’s wrong.

The woman didn’t know where Hoyles was, having chosen not to sign up for updates from the parole board.

“My daughter really wanted to forget it ever happened.”

The woman still lives in Cormack and once thought she saw him in the town and has told her daughter they would deal with it if it happened. But she doesn’t think he would return.

Hoyles was working for Coffee Matters, and the company said it completed character references and employment checks before it hired him. But it didn’t do a criminal record or police conduct check.

“What fast-food counter is really going to spend the money doing criminal checks?” she asked. “That’s just not going to happen. In an industry with a 100 per cent staff turnover I can’t see them adding more expense to their hiring process.”

Still, she thinks Hoyles not disclosing his sex offender registry status should count for harsher treatment on his parole breach.

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