London women's agency relieved as man convicted of bomb threat held behind bars

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A man who got probation for threatening to bomb the London Abused Women’s Centre, and was quickly arrested for allegedly breaking the conditions, remains in police custody after a brief court appearance Thursday.

Todd Rogers will stay behind bars at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre until his judicial pretrial on charges of failing to comply with release conditions, a decision celebrated by the head of the agency he targeted.

“The fact that he’s being held is a sign to us that the courts are taking this very seriously and for us that’s good news,” said Megan Walker, who was in court Thursday.

Rogers was arrested Wednesday and charged with failure to comply with an order by not immediately reporting to his probation officer after his release Tuesday.

The condition had been imposed on Rogers after he was given a suspended sentence and 36 months’ probation for mischief and uttering threats to cause bodily harm or death following the bomb threats he made against the centre on Aug. 29, 2017.

The conditions of his sentence also included 100 hours of community service, a 10-year weapons ban and submitting a DNA sample.

From the beginning, however, Rogers was clear he didn’t have any intention on following his release conditions.

“I will not be having any counselling anymore. I will not abide by any conditions of probation and I will reluctantly have my DNA collected,” he said in court earlier this week.

On Thursday, wearing jeans and a dark grey shirt, Rogers was more subdued during his brief court appearance, in which he accepted justice of the peace Chantal Bertrand’s decision to keep him in custody.

Rogers also faces other charges of harassment and failing to comply with release conditions.

The harassment charges were laid after two staffers of the London Abused Women’s Centre complained to police about an outburst following Rogers’ conviction on Dec. 2.  After the guilty verdicts, a defiant Rogers was unco-operative in setting a sentencing date and refused to leave the courtroom, prompting police to intervene.

“This is a man who is unable to obey conditions and that has been shown over the last several months in court,” Walker said.

“Today gives us breathing space for a few days, and next week we’ll have to deal with that.”

jjuha@postmedia.com

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