High-risk sex offender released in Halifax

Police warn city that Douglas Burden may re-offend

This story has been updated since initially published.

A high-risk sex offender released from prison will be living in Halifax starting Tuesday.

Douglas Gladstone Burden’s criminal history dates back to 1986, when he was 28 years old. (Photo: Courtesy of RCMP)

Douglas Gladstone Burden, 55, served over 20 years in a federal penitentiary. Parole documents say that between 1989 and 1992, Burden drugged, abducted and raped several women in Ontario after luring them to bars by promising them modelling jobs. The victims were between the ages of 20 and 39.

Burden was convicted of several charges, including nine sexual assaults, several charges of unlawful confinement and administering a noxious substance.

He was also charged for using counterfeit money and court documents say his “criminal history includes violent offences of robbery.”

Burden will live in a Community Correctional Centre in the Halifax Regional Municipality. As part of his release, Burden must also:

  • Report any relationships with females, whether sexual or not
  • Avoid bars and other drinking establishments
  • Provide financial documentation
  • Avoid any contact with previous victims or their families

Const. Pierre Bourdages, spokesman for Halifax Regional Police, says the force wants to warn everyone living in the city of Burden’s presence and his risk of re-offending.

“With the information we have and the fact that he was previously released on parole and each time it led to the revocation, it is of great concern to us that he might reoffend,” Bourdages says.

In December 2006, Burden escaped a halfway house and was unlawfully at large for 109 days.

Court documents say on previous parole releases, Burden continued “trying to impress younger women” with money and a luxurious lifestyle that he maintained illegally.

According to a psychological assessment provided to the parole board, Burden had experienced rejection in intimate relationships and “fantasized about manipulating women.”

Burden is described as a white man, five feet 11 inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes, weighing 164 lbs.

Bourdages says correctional facilities will continue to monitor Burden, though not as closely as before.

Update: Dalhousie University sent out a security bulletin on Tuesday informing its students of Burden's release in the Halifax area. The university warns students to lock their doors and windows and avoid walking home alone at night.