Police warn a sexual offender will be living in a Vancouver halfway house


The Vancouver Police Department issued a warning Thursday indicating a federal sexual offender has been released and will be residing in a Vancouver halfway house.

Cameron Eugene Ratelle, 39, is considered a “moderate to high risk” for violent and sexual re-offending.

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Cameron Ratelle (Photo courtesy VPD)

Due to the nature of his past crimes, the VPD believe Ratelle “poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young women, particularly those 16 to 25 years old.”

Ratelle is black, 5’8” tall, 160 lbs., with a stocky build, shaved head and brown eyes. He uses hearing aids.

Several years ago, Ratelle was arrested in B.C. after fleeing Ontario, where he committed sexual assault against a minor as well as university women on campuses in that province.

In 2017, Ratelle was released to a Vancouver halfway house and the public duly warned. However, Ratelle was re-apprehended for violation of release conditions just a few days after.

Once again, Ratelle is subject to numerous conditions for his current release. The VPD have provided those terms:

  • 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 of parole officer
  • 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
  • must wear electronic monitoring device

Anyone who sees Ratelle in violation of any of these conditions is asked to call 9-1-1.