Vancouver police are warning the public about a convicted sex offender moving into the city, who may pose a risk to young women.
The Correctional Service of Canada says 38-year-old Cameron Eugene Ratelle is of a moderate to high risk for violent and sexual re-offending.
Rattelle is a federal offender who was convicted of sexual assault of a woman under 18, as well as women living on university campuses in Ontario.
He’s thought to be a threat to women aged 16-25 years old.
Police say they received word on May 15 he would be living in a Vancouver halfway house, but after reviewing his recent behavior they “believe that a public warning is prudent.”
Constable Jason Doucette says the public hasn’t been at risk in those intervening days.
“We worked very close with corrections and the parole board and his parole officer to restrict his movement during that time to ensure public safety.”
Ratelle is described as black, 5’8” tall, with a stocky build, a shaved head, brown eyes, and is known to wear a hearing aid.
Police say he has shaved his beard since their most recent photo of him was taken.
He was released under multiple conditions, which include:
- not to go on the property of any educational institute or school, including university campuses
- not to be in the presence of anyone under the age of 18 years of age without permission
- abide by daily curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
- not to possess, purchase or consume alcohol or non-prescription drugs
- not to possess, purchase or access pornography
- not to access any internet site or access any computer
- must reside at a community correctional centre or community residential facility
Anyone who sees him violate any of these conditions is asked to call 9-1-1.