Police are warning the public that a sex offender convicted of the brutal sexual assault of an 84-year-old woman in Surrey will be living in, or frequenting, the Abbotsford area.
David Anthony Dutiaume, 24, was sentenced in 2005 to six years in prison and, after serving his full sentence, is being released tomorrow (Tuesday).
Const. Ian MacDonald said Dutiaume does not have family in Abbotsford, but previously had a girlfriend living in the community. Although the relationship ended, he has indicated that he plans to reside in the area.
MacDonald said police have taken the rare step of notifying the public due to concerns that arose during Dutiaume’s incarceration. Assessments showed that his reintegration in the community could be an issue.
“We (police) only go to this level, with regards to public safety, if there are extrraordinary factors at play, but I’m not going to go into what those are,” MacDonald said.
He said Chief Bob Rich attended a court appearance by Dutiaume on Friday, when conditions of his release were discussed, and let him know that Abbotsford Police would be issuing the public notification.
Dutiaume was 15 years old in June 2002 when he posed as a donations collector for Unicef and forced his way into the Surrey home of a senior woman.
He put a pillow over the woman’s face, punched her repeatedly, and raped her. The victim’s daughter arrived to see him fleeing with her mom’s purse.
DNA evidence tied him to the crime two years later, and he was sentenced as an adult.
Dutiaume, 24, is 5′ 7″, weighs 186 pounds, and has brown hair and green eyes.
His conditions include not consuming alcohol or illegal drugs, and not possessing weapons. Anyone who observes him breaching these terms is asked to contact Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225 or their local police department.