Abbotsford Police have issued a public notification about a sex offender who was recently released from prison and is now living in the area.
Police say Stephen Andrew Beszedes, 50, is now living in Abbotsord.
Beszedes has a long criminal history that includes convictions including sexual assault and robbery.
In 2013, Beszedes pleaded guilty to 15 criminal charges related to drugging, sexually assaulting and robbing a variety of victims over several years.
He was arrested in 2010. In December 2013, at his sentencing hearing, he was sentenced to another two years in prison, along with three years probation.
At his hearing, the court heard that Beszedes bought a white powdered drug online, used it himself and then offered it to others in hopes he’d be able to sell it to them in the future.
His victims, all but one of whom were women, would ingest the drug and immediately fall unconscious. It was then that Beszedes would take advantage of them. The victims were often vulnerable people such as drug addicts and sex trade workers. Many of the women woke up, sometimes a day later, naked or missing clothing, often in unsafe areas like parking lots or wooded areas.
His only male victim was a 69-year-old who was seeking a casual sexual encounter and connected with Beszedes on Craigslist. Beszedes and a woman went to his rural Langley home and offered him drugs, which he took and instantly passed out. Beszedes and the woman stole a basketful of the man’s belongings, including jewelry, cameras, credit and debit cards and computers.
The man was found by his landlord and was taken to hospital, where tests revealed he had benzodiazepine – a strong sedative – in his system. Crown prosecutors believe it was the same drug Beszedes gave his other victims.
A psychiatric report to the court at the time of sentencing said Beszedes lacks insight into his offences and is at moderate risk to reoffend.
Beszedes is 5’11” and weights about 165 poiunds.
He must abide by the following court Ordered Conditions:
Not to possess, own or carry any weapons including firearms, imitation firearms, crossbows or explosives
Not to possess any knives except for the immediate consumption of food.
Prohibited from having or consuming alcoholic beverages.
Abstain absolutely from the possession of any controlled substance scheduled in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
He also has a daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Anyone who spots Beszedes in violation of any of the conditions listed is asked to contact their local police agency immediately.
– with files from Sheila Reynolds/Black Press