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Alberta town fears HIV-positive rapist
« on: October 08, 2010, 07:40:51 AM »
CALGARY - Crystal Hermmann has memorized the face of a man Mounties warn is a high risk offender released into the tiny Central Alberta village of Linden.

A recent arrival to the town of about 750 roughly 100 km northeast of Calgary, Herrmann said the RCMP warning Thursday that John Francis Dionne, who last month saw charges of kidnapping and sexual assault dropped when the victim recanted her story, has left her terrified.

"I work by myself here so I'm kind of nervous," said the 43-year-worker at the Global Grounds Coffee Shop, one of the many places in town where photos of Dionne along with the police warning have been posted.

"We're all quite surprised that he was released here -- I will grab a phone and call 911 if I see him."

Herrmann said the police warning, which says Dionne "poses a considerable threat to the community," was the talk of the coffee shop Thursday morning and residents are worried and angry that he is now free to walk and live amongst them.

Dionne told Global TV that he doesn't want any trouble and a new start in the small community.

"I just want a fresh start," he said.

"I have no intentions of hurting anybody."

RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb said it's rare for police to issue such warnings when an offender is released but given his past that includes a conviction for sexual assault, felt the need to warn people.

"These are not done lightly and only when there is a risk to re-offend," he said.

"If we believe there's the potential for re-offending and we're worried about the victimization of people, we feel they should be advised."

Dionne, 43, was charged after his accuser, a drug-addicted former prostitute, said she was picked up in Calgary's East Village on Oct. 28, 2008 and was driven outside the city where he forced himself on her for 10 hours.

During the trial, however, the victim recanted and said she lied about being raped.

Mounties said Dionne has a history of violence and sexual offences against females between the ages of 10 and 42 and has recently been diagnosed as HIV positive.

Dionne is white, 5-foot-11, 170 lb. with blue eyes and brown hair and drives a 1992 blue Dodge Caravan with Alberta licence plate NAE 434.

Webb said police won't be able to keep tabs on him at all times and are making the public aware because of the potential risk.

He said people shouldn't resort to vigilante action but are advised to call police if they feel threatened.

"If we have any information that comes from the public related to criminal activity, we'll act on it," he said.

"We're very aware of his presence."


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Re: Alberta town fears HIV-positive rapist
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2010, 07:42:40 AM »
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