Police issue sex offender warning
Vancouver police say a convicted sex offender who poses a significant risk to young women is living in a halfway house in the city.
The VPD says circumstances exist to warn the public about the presence of 38-year-old Cameron Eugene Ratelle, a federal offender convicted of a sexual assault against a person under the age of 18, as well as university women living on campuses in Ontario.
Ratelle was arrested in Coquitlam in 2006 after a 16-year-old girl reported that a man followed her off the SkyTrain and attacked her on the way home. At the time, Ratelle was wanted on five outstanding warrants for breaching his probation.
Police were advised on May 15 that he would be living at a Vancouver halfway house.
VPD media relations officer Const. Jason Doucette says the Correctional Service of Canada assessed Ratelle as “a moderate to high risk for violent and sexual re-offending.”
“Since becoming aware of Ratelle’s presence in Vancouver, the VPD’s high risk offender unit has reviewed his recent behaviour, and believe that a public warning is prudent,” he said in a release.
Ratelle is 5-feet-8 and 185 pounds with a stocky build, shaved head and brown eyes. He often uses hearing aids.