Monday, March 1, 2021

High-risk sexual offender arrested after approaching teen in Langford

A high-risk sex offender who was released into the community in October has been arrested for parole violations in Langford.

41-year-old Cameron Ratelle was the subject of a notice from VicPD upon his release on October 17th, 2020.

At the time of his release, he was identified as having a history of violent sexual offences against young women between the ages of 16 to 25, with a high risk to re-offend.

Conditions of Ratelle’s release included not being on the property of any school or educational institute of any kind, and not being in the presence of any female under the age of 18 without permission from a parole officer.

West Shore RCMP were called on January 21st by the parents of a female youth. The youth told officers that she had been approached by a man while at a bus stop on Peatt Road.

The man spoke to her and the youth recognized him from the VicPD notice.

Police say the youth kept herself safe and immediately spoke with a parent, who called the authorities. The youth was not physically injured in the incident.

RCMP officers responded but Ratelle had already left the area. VicPD officers were notified and located Ratelle the following day.

He was taken into custody for breaching his release conditions and has been returned to a correctional facility with his parole revoked.

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