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Police warn residents about release of sex offender

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WINNIPEGGERS are being warned about a sex offender being released from jail who is considered a high risk to reoffend.

The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit, a joint unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP, said on Friday that Winston George Thomas, 35, will be released from the Headingley Correctional Centre on Sunday.

The unit said Thomas is expected to live in Winnipeg. Thomas has numerous criminal convictions, including two counts of sexual assault.

While Thomas took sex-offender treatment programs in jail, he is considered a high risk to reoffend and women of all ages are being warned by police that they "are at risk of sexual violence."

Thomas committed a sexual act with a 13-year-old girl in March 2007, after he and two other men met her at a Winnipeg shopping centre. He was sentenced to two years less a day followed by three years of probation. His latest sentence was for other unrelated convictions.

The public is warned not to take vigilante action against Thomas.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 23, 2013 B3

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