Saint John Police warn of violent sex offender

The Saint John Police Force is warning the public about the release of another violent sex offender, who will be living in the city.

Roger Roberge, who was recently released from prison, will be living in the city

Roger Roberge was recently released from prison after serving a 12-year sentence for forcible confinement and sexual assault. (Saint John Police Force)

The Saint John Police Force is warning the public about another violent sex offender who will be living in the city.

Roger Ernest Joseph Roberge, 62, was recently released from the Atlantic Institute in Renous, after completing a 12-year, 30-day sentence for sexual assault and forcible confinement, Sgt. Jay Henderson stated in a release.

"The Saint John Police Force considers Roberge to be a high risk to reoffend sexually and violently against females and other vulnerable persons," he said.

"The Saint John Police Force is issuing this information and warning after careful deliberation of all related issues, including privacy concerns, in the belief that it is clearly in the public interest to inform the members of the community."

Roberge will be monitored by the family protection unit, said Henderson.

John O'Brien, who was sentenced to 37 years for violent sex assaults on eight women in Halifax, is now living at a halfway house in Saint John. (Archives)

But citizens are encouraged to take "suitable precautionary measures," he said.

"Members of the public should not embark on any form of vigilante action," he added.

Roberge is described as six foot one inch tall, about 240 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and facial tattoos.

Last week, a convicted serial rapist known as the Motorcycle rapist, who terrorized Halifax in the late 1980s was released to a halfway house in Saint John.

John Arthur O'Brien, who is in his early 50s, was convicted in 1989 for violent sexual assaults on eight women. He wore a motorcycle helmet during the series of knife-point attacks.

O'Brien qualified for statutory release after serving two-thirds of his 37-year sentence, but parole officials have concerns he will reoffend.

An online petition is circulating asking for O'Brien's parole to be revoked and for him to be removed from the city.