(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Convicted high-risk sex offender James Reginald Wickenden A.K.A. “Jay Wick” was spotted today by furious neighbours driving down the street, headed out and about.
Neighbours that live near the convicted pedophiles home in the 500 block of Acadia Court have expressed outrage in the justice system for releasing this man. One could say that the Justice of the Peace who ordered Wickenden released, might have thrown the justice system into disrepute.
Sources indicate that Wickenden moved into Thunder Bay long ago, after being released from jail for sex crimes involving children. He was in prison for raping two girls aged 7 and 10 in Georgina, Ontario in March of 2012. This was not his first time either, he has other charges for sexual assault involving children.
The parole board deemed Wickenden as “high risk to re-offend” and a psychiatrists report claimed he has the mind of a pedophile and is highly unlikely able to be rehabilitated.
After his release from jail, Wickenden moved in with his Father in the 500 block of Acadia Court. He soon started visiting neighbours in the neighbourhood with his father present. It is believed he started the “grooming process” with children in the area.
After a curious parent looked into the “Jay Wick” a little bit, it was quickly determined that he was a complete sicko pedophile and police were called right away.
Initially, James Wickenden was charged with 4 counts or breaching his court-ordered prohibition not to be around kids, parks, schools, daycares, or anywhere children are likely to be. After an investigation, the charge count rose to 9. He was arrested in March of 2019 in Thunder Bay.
Wickenden had a two-day bail hearing near the end of April in which numerous members of the public packed the courtroom to show the courts that they do not want this convicted sex offender/pedophile being released into their neighbourhood. Despite the evidence against Wickenden and the obvious public outrage, he was granted release and is back in the 500 block of Acadia Court. The area is jam-packed with families, children and numerous schools within a short walking distance.
Wickenden can be seen driving his father’s truck in the image provided by a concerned neighbour. His father is in the passenger seat. If you have any photos of Wickenden or relevant information, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With files from Thunder Bay Courthouse – Inside Edition
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