Charges to be pursued against Marcellus Jacob

Charges are being pursued against convicted sex offender Marcellus Jacob after he went unlawfully at large in mid-August, said Const.

Charges are being pursued against convicted sex offender Marcellus Jacob after he went unlawfully at large in mid-August, said Const. Jana McGuinnnes with the Vancouver city police.

In November 2006, after a similar breach of parole, no charges were laid against Jacob. His sentence was extended only by the amount of time he was at large.

Jacob failed to meet curfew at a Vancouver halfway house on August 10, prompting a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest. After five days at large, Jacob voluntarily turned himself in.

Jacob is serving a nine-year sentence for the vicious rape and torture of a Whitehorse woman in 2001.

Vancouver police are preparing a report recommending Jacob be charged with being unlawfully at large. The report will be forwarded to the British Columbia Crown council for review.

If no charges are laid against Jacob, he is due for release on March 5, 2009.

When released on parole last May, Jacob was deemed a “moderate-to-high risk for future violent offending and for future sexual violence,” by authorities.

“It is doubtful that you have made adequate progress to not be a threat to the community,” said the report.

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