‘High risk,’ cross dressing offender plans to return

Convicted sexual offender John Walter Sam will be released from a British Columbia corrections facility on Wednesday.

Convicted sexual offender John Walter Sam will be released from a British Columbia corrections facility on Wednesday.

He plans to return to Whitehorse, according to an RCMP release.

The 42-year-old First Nations man, who has a history of disguising himself as a woman, is considered a high risk to re-offend against women and children.

He was last released on parole in October 2006, and was rearrested one month later for breaching his conditions.

“As Sam poses a moderate to high risk of re-offending, the RCMP has decided to release a public notification to raise community awareness and enhance community safety,” according to an RCMP release issued Tuesday.

In the summer of 2001, Sam moved to Whitehorse after being released on probation from a federal penitentiary.

He was arrested again and, during his trial in November 2002, was deemed a “long-term offender” and sentenced to 25 months in prison for sexual interference and an additional two months for escaping custody.

Sam was released from prison in February 2005, and was arrested in Whitehorse five months later for breeching his conditions.

In February 2006, he had an additional 12 months tacked onto his sentence for escaping lawful custody.

Sam is subject to a long-term supervision order and will be under strict National Parole Board supervision until 2016, according to the RCMP release.

Under the terms of his current order, Sam must follow strict conditions set by the National Parole Board.

He must live at a community residential facility and follow its rules, like meeting its curfew.

He must follow psychological counseling and/or psychiatric treatment, and participate in the community sex-offender program.

He must not dress as a woman, or have alcohol or drugs.

He must not drive a motorized vehicle without permission.

He’s banned from walking on trail systems and must remain visible while walking on roadways.

And he is to have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 without prior written consent from his parole officer.

Anyone who sees Sam breech any part of his probation is asked to contact the RCMP immediately at 667-5555.

CRIME

Dawson man wanted

on four warrants

Dawson City police are asking for the public’s help to track down Vincent (Vince) Trevor Chudy.

The 24-year-old First Nations male is wanted on four outstanding arrest warrants.

He is charged with assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement along with breach of probation and failure to appear in court, according to a Crime Stoppers bulletin released on Monday.

He has brown eyes, black hair with a shaved head, a medium complexion and a scar below his lower lip.

Chudy stands five feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds.

He has marijuana leaves tattooed on his left forearm and is usually seen wearing a baseball cap.

The RCMP is asking people with information on this or any other crime to contact the local detachment or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. (LC)

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