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Sexual offender to live in Vancouver halfway house

VPD says Cameron Eugene Ratelle poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young women

The Vancouver Police Department is warning the public about a federal offender convicted of sexual assault who will be living in Vancouver.

The VPD was told May 15 that Cameron Eugene Ratelle would be living at a Vancouver halfway house. After becoming aware of Ratelle’s presence in Vancouver, the VPD’s High Risk Offender Unit reviewed his recent behaviour. They believe that a public warning is prudent and that he poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young women, particularly those 16 to 25 years-old.

 

Cameron Eugene Ratelle. Photo courtesy of VPD
Cameron Eugene Ratelle. Photo courtesy of VPD

 

Ratelle, 38, has been convicted of a sexual assault against a person under the age of 18, as well as university women living on campuses in Ontario.

The Correctional Service of Canada has assessed Ratelle as a moderate to high risk for violent and sexual re-offending.

Ratelle is described as black, 5’8” tall, 185 lbs., with a stocky build, shaved head and brown eyes. He often uses hearing aids. He is currently bound by his statutory release, which include several conditions:

  • 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 Cameron Ratelle in violation of any of these conditions is asked to call 9-1-1.