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.
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.