High-risk sex offender to live in Winnipeg; women at risk
Winnipeg Police Service
Winston George Thomas, 37, will be released from Headingley Correctional Centre on Aug. 13, 2014. Thomas is considered a high risk sex offender.
On March 30, 2014, Thomas was arrested and charged by the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) — a joint-forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP — for breach of probation.
Thomas has previous convictions for two counts of sexual assault, two counts of assault, aggravated assault as well as many other criminal offences. Although Thomas participated in some sex-offender treatment programs while in prison, he is still considered a high risk to re-offend. Females of all ages are at risk of sexual violence.
Winston George Thomas is a 37-year-old male with a criminal record for sexual offences, aggravated assault, assault as well as numerous other criminal offences including break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence and breach of probation and recognizance.
On March 15, 2007, Thomas and two other males met up with a 13-year-old female at a shopping centre in Winnipeg. They took her to a residence where liquor and marijuana were consumed. The young female was prevented from leaving. Thomas sexually assaulted the victim. Thomas was arrested a short time later and was remanded in custody. On March 26, 2008, he was sentenced to two years less a day for sexual assault to be followed by a three-year term of probation. This sentence was in addition to the one year he had spent in custody prior to being sentenced.
Following his release from prison on the above sentence, Thomas breached his probation and was sentenced to a further term in jail. That sentence expired on Aug. 1, 2010, and Thomas was released. Thomas re-offended on Sept. 1, 2010, by committing break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence and breach of recognizance. He received an 18-month sentence in addition to two years supervised probation.
Thomas was released from Headingley Correctional Centre on Feb. 8, 2012. Thomas was arrested and charged this same date for breaching his probation order (abstain from intoxicants). On April 18, 2012, Thomas was sentenced to five months in custody. He was given credit for two months and 10 days pre-sentence custody. He was released from Headingley Correctional Centre on July 9, 2012.
On Aug. 1, 2012, Thomas was charged and ultimately convicted of breach of probation. He was released from custody on Feb. 24, 2013. On March 13, 2013, Thomas was arrested and charged with fail to comply with probation order. He was held in custody and sentenced on May 27, 2013. He was given credit for 2 1/2 months pre-sentence custody plus an additional four months in custody followed by an 18-month probation order. On Sept. 16, 2013, MIHRSOU arrested and charged Thomas with breach of probation x2 – consume intoxicating substance. On Dec. 2, 2013, Thomas pleaded guilty and was sentenced to additional jail. He was released from Headingley Correctional Centre on March 20, 2014.
On March 30, 2014, Thomas was arrested and charged with breach of probation by failing to abstain from consuming intoxicating substance. On June 11, 2014, Thomas was convicted and sentenced. He was given credit for 2 1/2 months time in custody with an additional 96 days incarceration followed by a two-year probation order. He will be released from Headingley Correctional Centre on Aug. 13, 2014. Thomas is expected to reside in Winnipeg.
While in custody, Thomas did participate in some sex offender treatment programs. However, he is still considered a high risk to re-offend. Females of all ages are at risk of sexual violence.
Upon release, Thomas will be subject to probation supervision until Sept. 20, 2015, which includes the following conditions:
• Participate and complete any assessments and/or treatment programs recommended by his probation officer;
• Do not possess or consume alcohol, illegal drugs or any intoxicating substance;
• Abide by a curfew from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. daily unless an exception is provided in writing by his probation officer; and
• Do not possess any weapons of any kind.
This information is also displayed on the Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Website: www.gov.mb.ca/justice/notification.
The public is encouraged to visit the following informational website: www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/sexual_assault_prev.stm
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 Winston George Thomas will not be tolerated.
If you have any information regarding Thomas, please call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) at (204)984-1888. You may also contact the Winnipeg Police Service at (204) 986-6222, your local RCMP Detachment, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.