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CanadaWomen at risk as sex offender released to live in Winnipeg, police say

22:55  11 july  2019
22:55  11 july  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Victims forced to work in Winnipeg sex trade, say police

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Women at risk as sex offender released to live in Winnipeg, police say© Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit Cecil Junior Houle participated in some treatment programming while in jail but is still considered high risk to reoffend.

A convicted sex offender, considered to be a high risk to reoffend, is being released from jail and is expected to live in Winnipeg, police say.

The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU), a joint forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP, issued a notification about Cecil Junior Houle on Thursday.

The 43-year-old, who also goes by the names Chubby Houle and Junior Houle, is being released from Headingley Correctional Centre on Thursday after having served a one-year sentence for failing to obey a court order.

Police investigate several fires overnight in Winnipeg's West End

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He had previously served 15 years for the manslaughter of his common-law wife and for sexual assault causing bodily harm against an 18-year-old woman.

He was released in January 2018 with court-ordered conditions but was re-arrested after breaching them.

Houle participated in some treatment programming while in jail but is still considered a high risk to reoffend, the MIHRSOU said, adding he poses a risk of sexual violence to all people — particularly females.

"This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves. Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at Houle will not be tolerated," stated the release from the sex offender unit.

Winnipegger turns to confrontation as police response times grow for property crimes.
A Winnipeg man says he decided to take matters into his own hands after once again finding a thief in his West End yard. Mark Sommers heard someone breaking through his fence over the weekend, so he peered out his window to find an intruder in his back yard. "I was just sick and tired of it, because it's not the first time," he said. He asked the man to get off his property before the thief pulled out a knife. "His first thrust, I just tossed him aside and hit him in the side of the head," said Sommers. "When he was down, I stomped on his knee." At that point, Sommers said he left the yard, and the man fled.

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