By Terry Davidson, The Toronto Sun - April 13, 2012
Corrections Canada has cancelled what would have been a taxpayer-funded, escorted leave from prison for a convicted pedophile to attend his mother's funeral on Friday.
Bruce Manger, convicted in June 2010 on 10 counts of sex-related offences and sentenced to three years in jail, had been approved to receive an escort by guards from his cell in Bath, Ont. to the G.H. Hogle Funeral Home on Mimico Ave in Etobicoke for the late-morning funeral of his mother, Emily Manger, according to Jeff, the father of a victim who doesn't want his real name published to protect the identity of his now-adult son.
Jeff claims to have found out last Monday from the Correctional Services Canada Victim Services department that Manger would be given the escort, but was called on Thursday to say Manger's day pass had been revoked -- one day after the Sun called the governmental department for comment on the issue.
"My wife and I are very happy," said Jeff, whose son has battled drug addiction and jail time since the assaults took place. "My family has been devastated (by what Manger did). I feel like someone has listened to us."
Manger was arrested in January of 2009 and charged with sexual assault of three boys aged five to 14. Toronto police at the time said the assaults had taken place between 1996 and 1998.
Jeff had called the Sun on Wednesday to express his anger after finding out about Manger's day pass.
"I'd like a picture of this guy taken into the funeral and let people know that they are paying for (Manger) to be there," he said at the time.
According to Ministry of the Attorney General spokesman Brendan Crawley, Manger has been placed on the sex-offender registry "for life," and once released will be under tight restrictions when it comes to being around and communicating with those under 16.
Vakhtang Makhniashvili, the father of Mariam Makhniashvili--the Toronto girl who went missing in 2009 and whose remains were found in early March -- was also not allowed to attend his daughter's recent funeral.
Makhniashvili is currently serving a six-year sentence at Millhaven Institution for the aggravated assault of three people. He was reportedly denied the right to go by the prison's warden.
While Corrections Canada spokesman Holly Knowles would not confirm that Manger had received a day pass, she did say via e-mail that "Compassionate Escorted Temporary Absences" may be granted "in order to give the offender the opportunity to attend the funeral of an immediate family member ...."