[**UPDATE August 15th**: From a Police release today...
Breach of Recognizance:
Steven Edward David Yearly, 23 of Donegal Street, was released from custody in March 2013 and is currently bound by a recognizance with conditions to abide by a curfew in your place of residence between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. each and every night and to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. On August 15, 2013 at approximately 4:50 a.m. a Peterborough Lakefield Community Police officer observed the accused at the intersection of Reid and McDonnel Streets. When the accused saw police, he began to run Northbound on Reid Street. The officer pursued the accused and caught up with him. As a result of the investigation, Yearly was arrested and charged with two counts of breach of recognizance. He was held in custody and will appear in court today (August 15, 2013).
[**UPDATE, MAY 21st: We have been tipped off by a concerned resident that Yearley has been spotted going on regular walks in their west end neighbourhood—note that his hair is no longer shaved as in supplied police picture at left, but clipped short and is brown, we are told—so we asked the police for any update. They told us this: "We checked with our Inspector in Investigations. Since being released from custody, Yearley was placed on an 810 order with several strict conditions he must abide by. Police are conducting checks on him and working with Yearley to ensure he follows his conditions. There is no update, only that police continue to monitor him."
[**UPDATE, March 8th:Chex Newswatch has tracked down where Yearley may be now living in Peterborough, with a family member on Talwood Drive.]
From a special Peterborough Lakefield Media release March 6th...
PUBLIC SAFETY WARNING
(Peterborough, Ontario) - The Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service is issuing the following warning in regard to the release of a Federal Reformatory inmate.
Steven Edward Yearley, 23, has been released from custody after serving a federal prison term, for Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Robbery, Uttering Threats, Escape Lawful Custody, and Break and Enter.
Information contained in his file indicates this man represents an overall high risk to re-offend in a sexual or violent manner. Yearley is presently en route to Peterborough.
His past includes convictions including Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Robbery, Uttering Threats, Escape Lawful Custody, and Break and Enter, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Possession of a Schedule II Substance.
Yearley is described as male, white, 5’9”, blue eyes, and shaved brown hair.
Further information about this man's criminal record is confidential. In the vast majority of cases no information about a former inmate's history is ever released. However, the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service has issued this warning believing the immediate safety of the general public outweighs the need to maintain the usual anonymity afforded persons released from the institutions following completion of their sentences. The exemption for release of this information is contained in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Community Safety Act.
Murray C. Rodd
Chief of Police
*****UPDATE: March 7 from police:
810.2 Criminal Code Recognizance in place for Steven Yearley:
The 810.2 Criminal Code Recognizance to keep the peace is a court procedure the police can apply for when they have fear on reasonable grounds that another person will commit a serious personal injury offense against another individual in their community. In this case the OPP, who were the police service responsible for investigating Steven Edward Yearley, 23, as the person who committed a violent sexual assault in their jurisdiction, applied for this Section 810.2 Recognizance as they were aware Yearley was being released from custody.
Yearley had been sentenced to a jail sentence of four years and six months in a federal penitentiary. During his sentence Corrections and the Federal Parole officers attempted to work with Yearley to assist him in rehabilitation and prepare him for his eventual release back into the community. Yearley chose not to participate in any programs that may help him for his eventual release and chose not to be released into the community part way through his sentence on parole. Instead, Yearley served his complete sentence in jail and was released a free man with no supports in place and with no supervision by parole as his sentence had expired.
The Section 810.2 is the only avenue available to allow the police to ensure people who they believe still pose a threat to society are forced through the courts to follow certain conditions. In this case Yearley has been placed on a Recognizance to Keep the Peace for the maximum length of time allowed, that being two years. Yearley is on the following conditions that police are reporting and will closely monitor. We are also asking for our community’s help to ensure he abides by his conditions.
* 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 that he 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 to ten (10) p.m. and six (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.
There are also other reporting conditions, including meeting with our Police Service who will continue to monitor Yearley and all of his release conditions. It is hoped that with the efforts of our community, the Police Service and other support services we will work together to assist Yearley to re-integrate back into our community and will not commit further criminal offences.