NBC 10 I-Team: Paroling a predator
In August 2013, a quiet afternoon outside turned into a nightmare for a disabled Woonsocket senior citizen.
"Next thing, I'm playing with the cat and I turn around and I have this man over me with his pants to his ankles, telling me to, you know, his private part," said the woman.
The NBC 10 I-Team is protecting her identity, but her attacker is fair game, identified as 55-year-old George Fougere. Fougere has a rap sheet pages long, going back nearly 30 years, including robbery and breaking and entering.
"I started to scream and I started to scream as loud as I could possibly," said the woman.
A Woonsocket police report said her attacker used both his hands to shove the then-64-year-old woman. Naked and on top of her, Fougere demanded oral sex. She told him "no" in between the screams. "Yes you are," said Fougere, according to the police report.
A nearby woman ran over to help and the attacker ran back inside the very building his victim lived in. She didn't recognize him, but Fougere was the senior citizen's neighbor.
Between the victim's own account, witness statements, and surveillance footage, it was enough to send Fougere away to prison. He was sentenced to 20 years with seven-and-a-half years to serve for assault with intent to commit a specific felony.
"I hardly feel this sentence was appropriate for the heinousness of the crime, the seriousness of the crime," said Carolyn Medeiros with the Alliance for Safe Communities. "He behaved like a predator. He laid in wait for her until she was alone, a disabled, elderly woman and then he pounced on her."
While Fougere has only served about two-and-a-half years of his seven-and-a-half year prison sentence, he's eligible for parole on Wednesday.
"I think he should stay right where he is. He has no sense of anything. He's walking around in this world in a big fog," said the victim.
The Alliance for Safe Communities is advocating to fix the selection process for those going into affordable housing. The apartment complex in Woonsocket is a federally funded affordable housing complex.
"He's a career criminal. I believe in second chances, but am also realistic that some leopards can't change their spots," said Medeiros, who has met with lawmakers.
The victim told the I-Team that Fougere needs to stay locked up.
She said: "He is a danger to elderly people."