Po­lice is­sue sex of­fender warn­ing

The Province - - NEWS - SCOTT BROWN Sbrown@post­media.com twit­ter.com/Brown­i­escott — With files from the Toronto Star, Cana­dian Press and The Prov­ince

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.


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