Rafferty transferred to medium security

Photo of Tori Stafford.

The father of Tori Stafford says one of his daughter’s killers has been moved out of maximum security.

In a post on his Facebook page, Rodney Stafford said he recently learned that Michael Rafferty, who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2009 kidnapping, rape, and murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford, was transferred to a medium security facility in March.

“That means, during the rallies and all this time that Canada has been fighting for real justice for Victoria and all our loved ones regarding the lowering of security and transfer of Terri-Lynne, CSC has withheld this information about Michael Rafferty,” Rodney Stafford wrote in his Facebook post. “I only received the information because I had requested it.”

Stafford said he wasn’t informed of Rafferty’s transfer during a meeting he had with Anne Kelly, the commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada, even after Kelly was asked if there was any information about Rafferty that Stafford didn’t know.

“Another dodged question. Corrections Service Canada NEEDS AN IMMEDIATE OVERHAUL if this is what they consider justice,” he wrote in his Facebook post.

The tragic case of Tori Stafford was thrust into the spotlight again earlier this fall when it was learned that Rafferty’s accomplice, Terri-Lynne McClintic, had been transferred to an Aboriginal healing lodge. Rallies protesting the move to the minimum security facility were held in Woodstock and in Ottawa. McClintic was returned to prison in early November.