A pedophile who drowned a five-year-old Calgary girl and stuffed her body into a garbage can has been refused more lenient parole.

The National Parole Board said it has turned down Harold Smeltzer’s request for overnight leave from a Regina halfway house.

The board said Smeltzer has been assessed as being a high to medium risk of reoffending.

It also said Smeltzer has struggled with employment issues and gets frustrated when staff place restrictions on where he can go in public.

Smeltzer served 27 years of a life sentence for the murder of Kimberley Thompson, who was snatched off the street in 1980 while on her way to kindergarten.