Cops considered Junior Spencer one of the cruelest and most twisted pedophiles they had ever seen.
Now, the Toronto Sun has learned that Spencer, 42, is living in a Hamilton halfway house a block away from a local school.
Spencer and his twin brother, Stephen, oversaw a sick cabal of pedophiles called “The Family” — a ring of like-minded men who produced and sold child pornography from Warkworth Prison.
The long-term offender first went down on a child pornography possession conviction in 2000. His preferred victims were males between the ages of eight and 14. His brother was also arrested and convicted.
On March 16, 2020, Spencer was sprung on statutory release, according to National Parole Board documents obtained by the Sun.
He is finishing a 30-month sentenced for breaching his 10-year Long Term Offender Supervision Order which kicked off in 2008. Spencer has breached the rules at least six times and remains a danger to the public, the board said.
“You are a diagnosed pedophile who verbalizes your belief that your sexual activities involving children are acceptable in some countries and you do not believe you have deviant sexual interests,” the board said in March.
Even the often-criticized parole board was not happy about Spencer being released and, in fact, cautioned against it. His sentence will finally end on Sept. 14, 2020.
But if past behaviour is any indication, Spencer will remain addicted to the idea of having sex with children.
— February 2008: He began his 10-year LTSO after serving a 30-month sentence for child pornography offences and numerous breaches.
— October 2018: Spencer didn’t sign out of his email and a staffer discovered he had a phone and was accessing the internet while unsupervised. Cops found a tablet containing sexually-explicit photos of men and boys. When his room was searched, cannabis edibles, magic mushrooms and three USB drives were discovered.
— August 2019: Correctional staff seized a photo album from another offender’s cell. It contained photos of Spencer and young males in various states of undress.
—Among his previous convictions: Sexual interference, possession of child pornography, invitation to sexual touching, importing, distributing and selling child pornography and conspiracy to import, distribute, sell and possess for the purpose of distribution or sale any child pornography.
—Spencer has eight convictions for breach of trust.
At the March board hearing, officials were pessimistic about Spencer’s chances for rehabilitation.
“Your history of supervision in the community is poor as evidenced by your breach of trust and breach of LTSO offences. The board detained you until your warrant expiry date on both of your federal sentences,” the document said.
The board noted that while Spencer didn’t have any institutional charges, his Preventative Security File “demonstrates a pattern of you communicating with other sex offenders in the institution. It is also noted you attempted to introduce pornographic photos of children into the institution.”
As of Sept. 3, 2019 when he had his last Psychological Risk Assessment, the board said his “risk for sexual recidivism remains in the high/well above average range”.
The board said: “The psychologist noted your struggle to manage your sexual interests as you continue to seek out images of children online, despite restrictions prohibiting you from doing so.”
In 2005, Spencer agreed to chemical castration and reportedly took a number of sex offender courses while caged.
According to the board, Spencer made “small improvements.” After his “small improvements,” Spencer still sought out child pornography for his own collection and to distribute in prison.
He is not released on parole but statutory release and while he leaves prison, the board did not consent.
Spencer faces a number of conditions: No contact with children; no jobs, voluntary or paid, overseeing children; no booze or drugs; and no contact with anyone involved in or suspected of being involved in criminal activity, especially child pornography. He is barred from attending children’s areas, playgrounds, arenas, parks, etc. and can have no unsupervised access to internet or cellphones and cannot contact previous victims.
“There are a lot of people who are really concerned. There’s a lot of single mothers in the neighbourhood,” a source told the Sun. “And they are very worried.”