'Paper Bag Rapist" denied parole in online hearing from Bowden Institution in Alberta

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BOWDEN, Alta. — A man who was once called the "Paper Bag Rapist" has been denied parole.

John Horace Oughton, who is 71, was convicted in 1987 of two counts of rape and six counts each of indecent assault and sexual assault with a weapon in British Columbia.

Oughton appeared at an online parole board hearing from the federal medium-security Bowden Institution in Alberta, where he's serving an indeterminate sentence as a dangerous offender.

He was denied both day parole and full parole by the two-person board.

Oughton said during the hearing that he's mentally ill, but he believes he's ready for day parole as long as someone makes sure he takes his anti-psychotic and anti-depression medication.

He was known as the Paper Bag Rapist because he made his victims wear a bag over their heads during the assaults.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 24, 2021.

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