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RCMP warn of sex offender's release from prison

Red Deer RCMP are warning about a high-risk, violent sex offender who will be released from Bowden Institution on Friday.

Police issued a news release on Thursday saying that in the interest of public safety, they were warning people about Dean Zimmerman.

The 47-year-old was being released after having served 34 months on six counts of breach of recognizance for keeping the peace, failing to comply with an order, and fraud under $5,000.

Zimmerman is a Metis and stands 1.75 metres tall (five foot nine), weighs 93 kg (205 pounds), and has brown eyes and brown hair. He will be living in the Red Deer area.

Police say he’s been convicted of multiple violent offences, including sexual assault from 1998, assault causing bodily harm from 2001 and sexual assault with a weapon and forcible confinement from 2006.

The RCMP say they gave careful deliberation and consideration of all related issues, including privacy concerns, before making Zimmerman’s release public.

“The RCMP believe that there is a risk of significant harm to the health and safety of the public and, in particular, adult females who may become involved in a relationship with Zimmerman,” says a news release.

The RCMP further add that they are giving this information so the public takes suitable precautionary measures and not to embark on any form of vigilante action.

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