WILLIAM RUPERT ASTLE

WILLIAM RUPERT ASTLE

CBC News– Last Updated: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Manitobans are being cautioned about the release of a 75-year-old man from a psychiatric centre in Saskatoon.

William Rupert Astle has a history of sexual offences in relation to children, including indecent assault, sexual interference and indecent exposure, and is considered a high risk to re-offend, according to a press release issued by the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU), a joint forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and RCMP.

Astle is being released Thursday and is expected to take up residence in the Rural Municipality of Rosser, on the outskirts of Winnipeg.

He has worked in the past in northern Manitoba and police say he may find future work there.

Astle’s most recent offence involved exposing himself while watching two young girls playing in a backyard. He was sentenced on the charge to six months in jail on Jan. 8, 2009.

In addition to other sentences imposed on the same date, Astle’s sentence extended to two years.

Upon release, he will be under probation supervision for three years.

“This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves. Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at William Rupert Astle will not be tolerated,” stated the release from the MIHRSO