Huntsville rape convict moves to Peterborough
Police cite public safety concerns as man released from jail
MUSKOKA/PETERBOROUGH – For the next two years Steven Yearley, 23, must abide by strict court-ordered conditions if he chooses to live in Peterborough.
Yearley is now living in the city after being released from a federal prison last week. Yearley served four years and six months for the vicious sex assault of a woman on Huntsville’s Hunters Bay Trail in 2007.
Peterborough-Lakefield police released Yearley’s photo and details about his case on March 6, citing public safety and concerns that Yearley is at a high-risk to re-offend.
Peterborough-Lakefield Police Chief Murray Rodd said Yearley has moved into a family member’s home in an undisclosed location within the city.
At a press conference held at a police station in that city on Thursday, March 7, Chief Rodd said the OPP applied for a Section 810.2 criminal code recognizance order upon Yearley’s release from jail.
Chief Rodd says he has serious concerns about Yearley mainly because he chose not to participate in any programs to help him reintegrate into society. He said Yearley also chose not to seek parole, but to serve his entire sentence so he wouldn’t have any conditions placed on him upon his release.
However, Chief Rodd says Mr. Yearley agreed to the 810.2 criminal code recognizance order to keep the peace for the next two years. He adds this will allow officers to monitor him on a regular basis. He also has to attend the police station weekly to check in.
The following is a list of conditions Yearly must abide by:
• Not to possess, apply for or obtain a firearms licence or any gun licence, abstain from the purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol and non-prescription drugs and not enter any premise where alcohol is sold or served as its primary source of income or be employed in any such establishment.
• Abstain from the purchase, possession or consumption of prescription drugs except in accordance with a medical prescription in his name.
• Not attend any parks or trails with the exception of attending with immediate family members 18 years of age or older.
• Abide by a curfew in his place of residence between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. each and every night.
• Not associate with any person known to have a criminal record or believed to have a criminal record with the exception of his immediate family.
Detective Constable Jeff Morgan is working on Yearley’s case and said the conditions makes it easier for police to keep tabs on him.
“He (Yearley) has been advised that he can expect us at any time,” said Det. Const. Morgan.
He added the hope is Yearley will be able to reintegrate back into society peacefully, but said he must make an effort to address any problems he may have.
Chief Rodd wants the public to be aware that Yearley is living in the community of Peterborough, but stressed that vigilante justice will not be tolerated.