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Police warn public about sex offender living in Winnipeg

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The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit has issued a public notification on a convicted sex offender now living in Winnipeg.

John David Lashbrook was released from a federal institution in Alberta in July 2011, having served a five-year sentence for the sexual assault of a female companion in 2005 (he was convicted in 2008).

The 56-year-old is currently on a 10-year long-term supervision order and had been staying at a designated federal facility in Calgary before spring flooding in the area forced his transfer to Winnipeg. Lashbrook remains on his supervision order until July 2021

Lashbrook had four previous sexual-assault convictions prior to the 2005 incident, including a 1982 indecent assault on a five-year-old girl playing in a park, a 1983 sexual assault on a seven-year-old girl sleeping in her home, and sexual assaults in 1992 against five girls aged seven and eight years old whom he was babysitting.

He is not allowed to be in the presence of females under the age of 18 unless accompanied by an adult, nor is he allowed to be on any school grounds or public spaces where children are frequently present. He is also not allowed to own any device that would give him unmonitored access to the internet.

Despite attending counselling sessions and treatment programs, Lashbrook is still considered to be a high risk to reoffend against female children and women.

He is described as a Caucasian man about 5-foot-1 and weighing about 200 pounds. He has brown hair an hazel eyes.

Anyone who wishes to speak to a police officer about Lashbrook can call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit  at 204-984-1888, Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6222, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Officials note 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 Lashbrook will not be tolerated, a release said.

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