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Police issue public warning about convicted sex offender now living in HRM


HALIFAX - Police in Halifax are warning HRM residents of a convicted sex offender now living in the municipality who is deemed a high risk to reoffend.

Roger Ernest Joseph Roberge.

Roger Ernest Joseph Roberge, 62, was released from a federal prison earlier this year after serving a 12-year sentence for forcible confinement and sexual assault. Police say he has recently relocated from New Brunswick to HRM.

“We felt the need that we should have the public aware that he’s here,” said Const. Tracy MacDonald of Halifax Regional Police.

 

MacDonald said he can’t say where Roberge is living in the municipality, and is not sure why he moved to HRM.

Police say Roberge has been assessed as a high risk to re-offend in both sexual and non-sexual violence.

Although Roberge has been deemed high-risk, MacDonald said he’s served his sentence and must be allowed back into the community.

“He’s entitled to basically go where he wants to,” MacDonald said.

Roberge is under supervision and must live under certain conditions, MacDonald said, but couldn’t say exactly what those were.

If a resident does see Roberge, MacDonald said they should “use caution” but make sure not to take any “unreasonable” or vigilante actions against him.

In addition to his 12-year sentence, police say Roberge has past convictions for several violent crimes dating back to 1969.

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