May trial date for convicted sex offender rearrested on new charges

CALGARY — A sex offender with convictions in Alberta dating back decades has pleaded not guilty to a new charge following his arrest last week.

Erik Wanamaker, 69, appeared in a Calgary court Monday after allegedly breaching a condition under the Sex Offender Information Registration Act that he keep his address up to date. He’s accused of failing to tell authorities where he’s been living since 2015.

A trial date has been scheduled for May 15 in provincial court.

Wanamaker, who is in custody and appeared in court via closed-circuit television, also faces charges related to the alleged theft of a credit card.

He was put on the national sex offender registry in 2011 due to multiple convictions — including sexual offences against a young girl.

Wanamaker was convicted in 1992 for sex offences involving children and for obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Wanamaker and another inmate at the Bowden Institution federal penitentiary in Alberta escaped in 1998. The two were arrested after a 14-year-old Bowden-area girl was abducted and taken to Chain Lakes Provincial Park southwest of Calgary.

A judge found Wanamaker not guilty of abduction and sexual assault at a trial in 1999, but the escape earned the convict an additional six months in custody.

When he was released in May 2004, the police alerted the public and issued a warning about Wanamaker’s history of targeting girls between 10 and 14 years old.

He was charged in 2006 for looking at child pornography on a laptop computer at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza near a public event attended by children. He was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography and was released from prison again in 2008.

He is banned for life from any place where there may be children — including playgrounds and swimming areas.

Wanamaker is to be back in court March 19 to set a date for a bail hearing.

Just Posted

Central Alberta school divisions to support rural students through agreement

Wolf Creek to bring Enhanced Learning Model courses to Clearview schools

WATCH: Red Deer Catholic students re-envision a local wetland for school project

Father Henri Voisin Grade 3 teacher introduces ‘real-life’-based education

Manslaughter charge stayed against Maskwacis man

Man was accused of manslaughter in connection with the death of his mother in 2015

Red Deer Mounties make numerous arrests over the past two weeks

Over the past two weeks, Red Deer RCMP have made a number… Continue reading

Leslieville Elks’ new hall rising from the ashes

Leslieville Elks Lodge grateful for outpouring of support

WATCH: Red Deer Catholic students re-envision a local wetland for school project

Father Henri Voisin Grade 3 teacher introduces ‘real-life’-based education

Charges dropped against Alberta property owner in rural shooting

OKOTOKS, Alta. — All charges have been dropped against a man accused… Continue reading

China blocks John Oliver on social media after scathing show

BEIJING — A popular Chinese social media site is censoring discussion of… Continue reading

Most Red Deer Advocate readers would call police when witnessing a crime

An overwhelming number of Advocate readers would call the police if they… Continue reading

So much TV, so little summer: Amy Adams, Kevin Hart, Dr. Pol

LOS ANGELES — The fall television season is months away but that’s… Continue reading

BlackBerry Q1 revenue, adjusted earnings beat estimates but stock falls

TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd. shares sank almost 10 per cent to their… Continue reading

OPEC countries to pump more oil to contain price increase

VIENNA — The countries of the OPEC cartel agreed on Friday to… Continue reading

Man sentenced for Edson triple murder

EDMONTON — An Alberta man who fatally shot three people has been… Continue reading

‘Hot Dog Water’ seller in Vancouver gets laughs, sales with savvy marketing

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver man who sold bottles of “Hot Dog Water”… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month