Three high risk sex offenders settle in Vancouver

 

 
 
When people learn of these disturbing notifications they naturally become very concerned and want to know more about where these offenders are going to live.
 
In order to keep the community informed as much as possible, public notifications and photographs are issued.
  
As public safety is the VPD’s priority, the Department has a very experienced and high profile High Risk Offender Unit that tracks these offenders once they are back in the community. Their mandate is to monitor and proactively manage high risk offenders who live in the community while on parole, probation or other forms of release.
 
The Unit began in 2001 with just one part-time officer and has grown to seven full-time officers and a sergeant.  They are currently monitoring 50 to 55 offenders who report directly to the VPD after their release from incarceration.  In addition, the members of the Unit, along with Parole staff and psychologists, assess each offender before they are released to determine the risk they may pose to the general public. Once the offender is living in the community, compliance checks also take place.
 
Today, the High Risk Offender Unit has forwarded three public notifications for release pertaining to three high risk sex offenders who have now completed their time and will be residing inVancouver. It is unusual for police to release three notifications at the same time, however, the release dates of these offenders simply coincided.
 
In 2008, the VPD issued eight public notifications.  In 2009, there were nine and in 2010 to-date there have been eight.
 
 
The Vancouver Police Department believes that compelling circumstances exist requiring the Department to warn the public that James Leo Gracie poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of female and male children, as well as female adults, in the City of Vancouver. He is now residing in a federal halfway house in Vancouver.
 
Gracie has a history of sex-related convictions involving children, both known and not known to him.
 
Gracie is 50 years old, white, 6’1” tall, 170 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a tattoo of a rattlesnake and “Slim Jim” on his right forearm and a heart with leaves on his left arm.
 
Gracie must abide by the following conditions:
 
·       no contact with children under the age of 18
·       not to go to places where children under the age of 18 are likely to be present
·       not to associate with sex trade workers
·       disclose all relationships with parents and guardians of children
·       not to possess or consume alcohol and non-prescription drugs
 
 
The Vancouver Police Department believes that compelling circumstances exist requiring the Department to warn the public that Mervin Lynn Walkus will be residing in the City of Vancouver, and he poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of male and female adolescents and children.
 
Walkus has a history of sex-related convictions and the Correctional Service of Canada has assessed him as a high risk to re-offend sexually.
 
Walkus is 32 years old, Aboriginal, 5’1” tall, 150 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.
 
He must abide by the following conditions:
 
·       abstain from intoxicants
·       not to be found at or near any location frequented by minors, such as parks, community centres and schools
·       not to be found in the company of children under 19 years of age
 
Joseph Neil Johnny
 
The Vancouver Police Department believes that compelling circumstances exist requiring the Department to warn the public that Joseph Neil Johnny poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of males and females of all ages in the City of Vancouver. Johnny is now residing in a federal halfway house in Vancouver.
 
Johnny has had several sex-related convictions, involving both male and female victims and ranging in age from five to 89.  While in custody, he was assessed as a high risk to re-offend sexually.
 
Johnny is a 37 year old Aboriginal man, 5’6” and 133 lbs., with black hair, brown eyes and a scar on his forehead.
 
Johnny must abide by the following conditions:
 
·       no contact with children under the age of 18
·       no to go to any parks, playgrounds, schools, amusement parks, swimming pools, daycare facilities or rec centres
·       not to possess or consume alcohol or any drug or substance listed in the Controlled Drug and Substances Act
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