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Erik Wanamaker-sexual assault convicted
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:54:56 AM »
Sex offender posed as 14-year-old boy

CALGARY - Sherri was just 13 when she connected with Erik Wanamaker -- a charming 14-year-old boy willing to gossip and flirt with her over the computer.

That was three decades ago, when the Internet was in its infancy, and text-only bulletin boards were used by computer chat pioneers to connect and meet people -- and Wanamaker was there, typing away to teens.

The trouble was, Wanamaker was no 14-year-old boy.

"I was 13 and I had met him on a bulletin board system, and he had his own bulletin board so people could contact him through that," said Sherri, who asked that her real name not be used.

"He told me he was a 14-year-old boy, and I talked to him for about a month over the computer before we arranged to meet -- and that's when I found out the truth, that he wasn't who he said.

"He was a grown man. I was terrified."
   

Sherri wouldn't be the first child horrified by Wanamaker, a serial sex fiend with a lifelong appetite for underage flesh.

This potential victim was fortunate -- another young man happened to be with Wanamaker, and after a nervous coffee with the creep and his friend, it was that boy who helped Sherri escape.

"I was really, really lucky," said Sherri.

"I didn't know what to do, so Wanamaker convinced me to go for a coffee -- looking back, I feel so stupid for saying yes -- and after that, he wanted to drive me somewhere else.

"But his friend said no. His friend said 'Erik, we're taking her home.'"

That young man likely saved Sherri. Only a few years later, Wanamaker was in prison, serving eleven years for sex offences involving children.

Sherri deliberately lost contact with him, though she remembers one ironic text sent just after their meeting.

"When I was back home, he wrote to me again, to explain why he done it," said Sherri.

"He told me he wanted to teach me a lesson, that not everybody in the world is a good person, and that you shouldn't trust everyone."

Clearly, there's nothing like the wisdom of an expert.

Sick, twisted and clearly beyond rehabilitation, Wanamaker's crimes have included a connoisseur-sized collection of child porn, and a prison escape, which ended when he was found with a 14-year-old girl.

Of course, prison sentences are a fleeting thing, and Wanamaker always ends up free again, forcing police to warn the community about the menace in their midst.

The kind of monster parents have nightmares about, Wanamaker just can't control himself -- and the justice system can't protect the public, even against an obvious threat.

On Wednesday, hopes that the 63-year-old swine might finally earn a label and sentence fitting his diseased lust fell apart when the Crown abandoned attempts to declare him a long-term offender.

It wasn't that Wanamaker doesn't fit the bill, but long lines for forensic psychiatric assessment in Alberta meant no doctor had time to officially declare him a long-term offender.

And thus, Erik Wanamaker may be the first person in Alberta history to actually celebrate the province's long health care queues.

Instead of three years in jail and ten years of strict supervision for the stash of child porn found by police last December, Wanamaker now faces a mere two years, and ordinary probation.

Parents, especially those with the kind of young girls Wanamaker drools over, best take caution when Calgary's best-known creep is released.

Curse the courts and slam Alberta's health system, but this dismal failure of justice means Wanamaker will have plenty of opportunity to offend again, likely before he reaches retirement age.

That's if child predators ever do retire.

For Sherri, who narrowly missed being a Wanamaker victim herself, there's doubts he'll ever quit.

"I don't know if he can ever be rehabilitated."

michael.platt@sunmedia.ca

LIFE OF PERVERSION

1992: Wanamaker is convicted of sexually abusing a young girl, sentenced to 11 years in prison.

1998: With another convicted sex offender, Wanamaker escapes the Bowden Institution, a minimum-security facility. He's later found in a tent embracing a 14-year-old girl and is returned. Wanamaker was acquitted of any wrongdoing involving the girl.

2004: Having served his sentence, Wanamaker is released. Calgary police issue a warning to the public of his history.

Aug. 2006: Wanamaker is busted by police for allegedly watching child porn on a laptop near a children's festival at Olympic Plaza

Mar. 2007: While awaiting trial for the 2006 incident Wanamaker claims multiple assaults while in custody.

Dec. 2007: Wanamaker is sentenced to four and a half months for breaching probation by lying to his probation supervisor about where he was living.

Aug. 2008: Convicted rapist Wafid Delaa gets additional conviction of assault for grabbing Wanamaker by the throat in the cell they shared while Wanamaker awaited trial for the 2006 incident.

Dec. 16, 2010: Further child pornography charges against Wanamaker surface in relation to a large number of photos and videos on his home computer.

May 4, 2011: Wanamaker is convicted of possessing and accessing child pornography.

May 12, 2011: The Crown seeks to deem Wanamaker a long-term offender, which would lead to a decade of community supervision following his sentence.

Aug. 17, 2011: The Crown withdraws its application to have Wanamaker treated as a long-term offender. He will be sentenced in September.

There is a picture of him on this link.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/08/18/18568741.html

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Re: Erik Wanamaker-sexual assault convicted
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 10:06:28 AM »
On the radio this morning there was a short blurb about this, saying that Wanamaker told the judge to lock him up... at least he knows he's a problem

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Re: Erik Wanamaker-sexual assault convicted
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2011, 08:52:50 AM »
Damn.


With a rap sheet like that, why do they even need a phychologist's diagnosis?!

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Re: Erik Wanamaker-sexual assault convicted
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012, 11:22:02 PM »
Guess they didn't get a psychologist's report after all. This maniac is even on FB.

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And thus, Erik Wanamaker may be the first person in Alberta history to actually celebrate the province's long health care queues.

Although the great giant superboard devised an answer to the problem of long health care ques, would it really make a difference for one such as Wanamaker? I highly doubt it. Those taking the brunt of the changes are now filling psychologists offices. Don't let it fool you into believing that a problem such as the Wanamaker case will see proper designation. The Superboard, with all the superfluous managers who all need their secretaries and extra staff won't even know about a person like Wanamaker, nor will they care. The psychologists still won't have time. A huge problem when healthcare allows political manuevers from self oriented leaders for solely self-preservation and self-gain. The problem cannot be fixed as it would cause a total collapse of the system.
So the Wanamakers of this province have a free playing field. People really need to ask good questions and demand answers from their elected, and it seems this is still not being done, as the same party keeps getting their feet in farther.