High Risk Offender Arrested in Vancouver

Vancouver, BC – Cameron Eugene Ratelle, subject of a public warning from the VPD on May 18th, has been arrested for breaching his long-term supervision order.

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Thirty-eight-year-old Ratelle is a federal offender who has been convicted of multiple sexual assaults against young women in Ontario and B.C. The VPD was advised on May 15th that he would be living at a Vancouver halfway house and has since been monitored by the VPD’s High Risk Offender Unit.

“Public safety remains a priority of the VPD,” says Constable Jason Doucette. “We will continue to closely monitor high-risk offenders living in Vancouver.”

Ratelle was observed breaching a non-violent condition of his statutory release this afternoon and was arrested. He remains in custody.

BACKGROUND:

The VPD believes that circumstances exist to warn the public that Cameron Eugene Ratelle is residing in Vancouver and poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of young women, particularly those 16 to 25 years-old.

Thirty-eight-year-old Ratelle is a federal offender who 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 VPD was advised on May 15th that he would be living at a Vancouver halfway house.

The Correctional Service of Canada has 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.

Ratelle is described as black, 5’8″ tall, 185 lbs., with a stocky build, shaved head, brown eyes, and 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.

Vancouver Police Department


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