Cape Breton Regional Police notify public about high-risk offender

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NORTH SYDNEY — Cape Breton Regional Police are notifying the public about the release of a high-risk offender believed to be living in North Sydney,
Police notified media Thursday evening about the release of 28-year-old Leonard Joseph Groves.

Leonard Joseph Groves

Groves was released from a federal penitentiary Thursday after serving a three-year, eight-month sentence for aggravated assault, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, uttering threats and mischief.

Groves was brought to Sydney provincial court on Thursday afternoon.

He was released on a series of conditions, including having to provide notification of any change of address, and a ban on weapons, alcohol and drugs.

He must also refrain from contact with a list of specific individuals.

Groves is described as a white man, six feet tall and approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Police say information about Groves's release has been provided as a precaution, but warn that any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable contact will not be tolerated.

Geographic location: Sydney

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  • Lynn
    October 09, 2013 - 23:51

    Since when is aggravated assault not worthy of punishment?! The guy went around beating the crap out of ppl and putting them in hospital and because you people don't know the situation you assume "oh it's not that bad poor mr.groves he should receive an apology" . None of you were involved so do the victims a favor and not downplay their hurt and anguish.

  • The Police have way too much power
    October 06, 2013 - 11:27

    Given their level of Education ( High School) and a few months training Police have way too much power in our society and we see the results right across the country. This type of decision should be made by an impartial Judge not a biased Police Force. Who represented Mr. Grove before this reprehensible Press Release was issued. People who were convicted of much more serious crimes never suffered this fate. It is unequal justice based on the opinions , prejudices and decisions of prejudicial, arrogant and judgmental Police. They have made a serious mistake and should make a public apology to Mr. Grove for making his release from prison that much more difficult. It is like the Police are hoping to anger him so that Mr. Grove will respond angrily and they can send him back to Jail. ( It is just showing off and acting superior) Shame on the Police who made this self promoting and asinine decision!

  • Aunt V
    October 05, 2013 - 20:42

    Groves was released from a federal penitentiary Thursday after serving a three-year, eight-month sentence for aggravated assault, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, uttering threats and mischief. There are offenders on this Island that have done far worse than that. The public has a right to know that he is out eh? Well let the public know what he went in for. Explain the case and the facts surrounding it. Shame on whoever is responsible for this press release. As I can see by the comments I am sure there are some "know it alls" out there that now assume Mr. Groves is some sort of freak, child molester, whatever. If I was Mr. Groves, I would be looking part two of this release....the part that assures the public that unless you are drunk, stupid and picking fights, you have nothing to fear from this young man. Let's publish everyone's whereabouts who are from here on in released for uttering threats, mischief, dangerous use of a vehicle or assault. Oh but wait.....who does over three years round here for that.....

  • Sunday Christian
    October 05, 2013 - 15:54

    So this man committed an assault, he is not a child molester or a white collar thief who stole millions. Leave the man live in peace. " Remember those who are in prison as though in prison with them," Matthew 13:43 Jesus said : ;I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to see me. Whatever you do to the least of my brethern you do also onto me." What would Jesus say about this Prees release against a man who served his penance. I thought that Cape Breton was a Christian society, by our words and actions we are not! Shame on your hypocrisy.

    • newsflash
      October 05, 2013 - 18:27

      Apparently a christian society is a bigoted & arrogant one too. Who are you to fault me and call me a hypocrite because I disagree with you on this or any topic. I guess your handle says it all though doesn't it... Christian on sunday.. the rest of the week look out. Apparently he was feeling very christian when he committed his crimes and by your own opening statement... apparently someone who commits an assault on someone is entitled to forgiveness but fraudsters and pervs are not? How very christian of you to be able to pick and choose who god forgives.

  • Holly
    October 05, 2013 - 02:21

    Ohhh ....chill out will ya's? Only gossip heads and those who share a status on FB make for bad outcome in my knowledge...lol.

  • Rob
    October 04, 2013 - 22:52

    So Much Talk today about the High Risk Offender.Well I am Proud that the Justice System is starting to Publish Names and Faces to protect our Community's.These type of people need to Know this is not going to be tolerated no longer.Im not a young man but so glad the Systems are getting better to prepare us about these Criminals.They think they can go around doing this kind of stuff and get away with it well not know more.I am Proud of the Cape Breton Post for putting the truth in the paper.I was very confused about the other comments.Why it shouldn't be in the paper.Do they have a Education.The Guy has a record from a young age.Freedom of Information Act.So the Family/Friends.Need to know we all know the truth about all are Criminals.But Best of Luck everyone deserves a second Chance so i hope you turn your life around and show your Family your Worth the wait.God Bless your Family...

  • Beth
    October 04, 2013 - 19:16

    If the post published everyone who was ever released from prison and came home it would be a hellava lot thicker than it is now. I've been an acquaintance of Lenny's sister for a number of years and I know the family doesn't deserve this kind of publicity. People make mistakes. They suffer the consequences. Now let him enjoy cAtching up with his children and his family- the 3 years he lost with them is punishment enough

  • CapeBretoneraway
    October 04, 2013 - 19:15

    Wow! So much to say about an ad in the paper to inform the public a high risk offender has been released into their community. Are you trying to make a criminal famous? I don't understand all the hype? There has to be a lot better things to talk about in the most beautiful place on earth, Cape Breton Island. Come on Guys ;-)

  • Disgraceful Press Release
    October 04, 2013 - 18:50

    What a disgraceful and idiotic thing for the police to do. I don;t know this man but how can turning him into some kind of out cast help society. The police should be encouraging someone to offer him a job not a fist. How can a ex con ever become a good member of Society if he is ostricised, hounded, watched, and hated. The Bible says to "visit the imprisoned" not to destroy them and demonize them. Where are our Judges and the John Howard Society when you need them? The Police should be ashamed of their hateful behavior!

  • how predictable
    October 04, 2013 - 18:14

    How predictable of people to be quick to blame this on the Cape Breton Regional Police when the reason they put this warning out is because they themselves believe people like this should still be behind bars, but unfortunately they are not the ones who make the decisions at the end of the day its called the justice system. If something happened after the fact and this man committed a crime again and the public found out he was newly released from his sentence and they were not warned of this release...the public as always will be blaming that on the police as well.....

  • sad sad day
    October 04, 2013 - 17:55

    Hes a father, a son,a grandson,, a nephew and a brother, and hes great at all those roles , maby people should ask why he beat a man up at the bar ?

    • two sides to every story
      October 05, 2013 - 18:25

      thanks for showing the other side of it, we do not know all the details. The Cb Post is only posting what people want to hear. scare the shit out of them. Good luck to Mr . Groves. prove to all these negative people that you deserve a second change.

  • commom sense is a super power
    October 04, 2013 - 16:27

    if he has served his time and paid the price for his actions, why is he still being deemed as a criminal? their are many more who have done worse and never got caught and so have never been punished. they continue on without being tarred and feathered. give the man a chance. i don't believe that his name or where about's should be released. if the police believe him to be a high risk re-offender, then let them do their jobs and monitor him without turning all of society against him before he even has a chance to start fresh.

  • I know him
    October 04, 2013 - 16:23

    I agree I know Lenny very well and he is going to love his kids and live normally. Some people really are not that bad.. Sometimes thing trigger them. Everyone always assumes the worse. , it isn't as if he ran ramped through the streets and starting beating people, , how do you know what really happened ??? People should investigate the facts before stating what they supposedly know.. You served your time Lenny enjoy your family,,,

  • shockedinsydneymines
    October 04, 2013 - 15:43

    Seriously!?!??! A high offender.... wow...give me a break!! I lack to see the need to post this mans picture for mistakes. Yes he broke the law. He served his time. Done. I didn't see rape charges or molestation charges in his "rap". There is so many of those types of sick individuals that walk among us, and are KNOWN by friends and family.... pftttttt... leave it to some people in Cape Breton to be so ignorant. Best of luck Lenny with your future and family!!

  • Kate
    October 04, 2013 - 12:33

    " these are people you're talking about. Not monsters." Are you sure about that?? I would say some high risk offenders such as molestors and rapists are exactly that, monsters.

  • Shawn Ferrie
    October 04, 2013 - 10:24

    "Police warn that any form of vigilante activity will not be tolerated". What exactly do they expect will result from the publishing of this man’s release? May I suggest that our Police services do their work and monitor this man rather than leaving it to the public to harass a “High Risk Offender” which will only result in the promotion of him re offending and victimizing yet another innocent person. If our justice system is not willing to keep high risk offenders incarcerated. Then it is incumbent on our Police services to effectively monitor the offender when released into the public. This present form of fear mongering is nothing short of instigation for violence against the offender and a promotion of the higher possibility for the offender to victimize another innocent individual. Scapegoating the high risk offender in this manner by the Police Services serves several functions but the results are all public safety negative. It creates fear in the public, it creates an environment for further violence and it relinquishes the responsibility of monitoring the offender from the Police and places it upon the public.

    • ARLENE MACDONALD
      October 04, 2013 - 11:25

      I AGREE WITH SHAWN FERRIE ... GIVING PEOPLE THIS INFORMATION , SCARES PARENTS , & THE ELDERLY WATCHING OVER THEIR SHOULDER ALL THE TIME WONDERING IF HE WILL SHOW UP, LET THE POLICE DO THEIR JOB AND KEEP AN EYE ON HIM , NOT THE PUBLIC

  • Hard working tax payer
    October 04, 2013 - 09:39

    If he is a HIGH risk why even let him out?

    • Rob
      October 04, 2013 - 11:23

      If anything happens to him( mr. Groves) the police are to blame. He served his time and now the police are sentencing him for the same crimes. I certainly hope no one gets hurt but if you poke a dog, YOU WILL GET BIT. "Mark my words". The Cape Breton Regional Police Service should know better. They already know him.

  • post reader
    October 04, 2013 - 08:50

    why are high offenders of sexual or violence not all put on an island where they dont have a chance of hurting a child or innocent person?....there should be a special place in the world set aside for people who are a high risk of hurting the innocent...

    • Nomme Deplume
      October 04, 2013 - 10:57

      Why stop there 'post reader'? Lets ship all offenders off someplace. Maybe the moon? We could brand their faces so we'd always recognize a criminal if they somehow got back. That would be a good solution. It can be hard to tell over the internet but I'm using sarcasm to get a point across. Deemed a high risk offender or not, these are people you're talking about. Not monsters. Everybody makes mistakes. Lenny has served his time and it's easy to judge someone on appearance alone when the only picture you have is a mugshot. There's a high risk that he'll go home, hug his kids and tell them he's missed them very much. Lenny isn't so bad, rest easy Cape Breton.

    • commom sense is a super power
      October 04, 2013 - 16:33

      i agree with nomme deplume. i do not know the man in question, but he has done his time and should be allowed to move forward with his life. he , as everyone, deserves a second chance. as a very wise man once said ' let him without sin throw the first stone'. none of us are innocent. some of us just don't get caught.

    • sarcasmcatcher
      October 04, 2013 - 16:34

      We tried that. We now call it Australia.