A pedophile who was convicted of sex crimes against children had his day parole suspended for two months after he was caught browsing the internet for information about a former child actor.
James Cardno, 54, is serving a nine-year sentence for multiple counts of printing or publishing child pornography, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.
Between 1995 and 2008, the former Surrey resident sexually abused 10 boys between the ages of seven and 14, and took photos of his victims and up to 20 other children.
Two of the victims were children he fostered in Ecuador.
Cardno was granted day parole in May 2018, and released on day parole Aug. 30 of that year.
At the time of his parole hearing, the Parole Board of Canada noted that Cardno was predatory and he initially minimized his offences, but eventually accepted full responsibility for his behaviour and completed programming.
Cardno’s day parole was suspended Sept. 21, 2018. That day, Cardno asked a staff member at his halfway house to supervise him as he searched online for work opportunities. After about 15 minutes, Cardno began looking for movies of a former child actor. The staff member terminated Cardno’s session and told his parole officer.
A look at his browser history found more websites related to the child actor, who was the same age as children in Cardno’s victim pool. Cardno claimed it was a misunderstanding.
The Correctional Service of Canada recommended that Cardno’s day parole be revoked because his actions “were indicative of someone who could not control his impulses.”
Although the board, during a hearing in December, found it “concerning” that Cardno engaged in “high-risk and inappropriate behaviours” soon after his release, it did not believe he had returned to his crime cycle or that his risk to the public was undue.
The board decided to cancel Cardno’s suspension and amend one of his conditions, which deals with computer use.
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