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01/19/2016 11:56 EST | Updated 01/19/2017 00:12 EST

No parole for Stanley Tippett, convicted of attack on 12-year-old Ontario girl

TORONTO — An Ontario man found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl seven years ago has been denied parole.

The Parole Board of Canada says Stanley Tippett remains "an untreated sex offender" who has not addressed his risk to reoffend.

Tippett was convicted in 2009 on seven counts — including kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual interference — relating to an August 2008 attack on the girl.

Tippett had claimed he came across a group of young drunken girls in Peterborough, Ont., and that two of them, including the 12-year-old who was unable to stand, got into his van when he offered to help.

He told his trial that minutes after dropping off the older girl he was carjacked by two men at gunpoint and ditched in the country. The Crown argued there was no truth to his testimony about carjackers.

Tippett was arrested just hours after the girl was found half-naked behind a school 70 kilometres from where she was abducted.

He was declared a dangerous offender after being found guilty — a designation which means he can be jailed indefinitely.

In a decision issued earlier this month, the parole board denied Tippett day and full parole, saying any form of release to the community would present "undue risk."

The board noted that 39-year-old Tippett's criminal record also included two prior convictions for criminal harassment.

"All of this demonstrates to the board that you possess ingrained criminal values and core beliefs that support the use of violence and/or sexual offending for personal gratification," the board wrote in its decision.

Tippet is now expressing a "greater willingness" to participate in his correctional plan, the board also noted.

"Programming has been available to you and you have only just begun to explore interventions that are designed to mitigate your risk."

Tippett maintains his innocence in the case of the 12-year-old girl, the board said.

Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press