Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP Issue Rare Warning about Release of 'High-Risk' Offender on P.E.I

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP Issue Rare Warning about Release of 'High-Risk' Offender on P.E.I

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RCMP warn about 'high-risk' offender's release

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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - P.E.I. authorities have released a rare warning about a high-risk offender -- a convicted sex criminal who is being released Tuesday.

RCMP say 27-year-old Tyler James Bernard is considered at high risk to re-offend after being released from Dorchester Penitentiary.

He completed a two-year sentence for sexually assaulting a woman.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Baillie said a high-risk offender warning hadn't been issued in the province since 2007.

The warnings are "not something that's done very often and the decision to do this isn't taken very lightly," he said.

The P.E.I. High Risk Offender Committee, which includes police, prosecutors and victim services representatives, decided to warn the public of Bernard's release after weighing the risk of public safety with Bernard's right to privacy. …

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