August 15, 2016 7:16 pm
Updated: August 15, 2016 8:25 pm

Outrage after dangerous offender walks away while on escorted day pass in central Alberta

WATCH ABOVE: Darrell Moosomin was out on an escorted temporary absence from a federal prison in central Alberta when he disappeared. Nancy Hixt reports.


Darrell Moosomin is considered one of the worst of the worst, with a criminal history so violent he was deemed a “dangerous offender” by the courts.

And now he’s missing. The 54-year-old prisoner is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant after walking away while out on an escorted temporary absence.

Moosomin’s criminal history dates back to the 90s. His prior convictions include sexual assault, assault with a weapon, obstructing a police officer and forcible confinement.

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He was escorted by an elder to a powwow at the Samson Cree Nation at Maskwacis in central Alberta Saturday when he was able to walk away.

“As far as I am concerned, there should be some people held to account. One of them is that elder,” Art Hanger, a justice advocate, said.

“It’s offensive to law-abiding citizens is what it is,” the former federal justice critic said.

Moosomin also has a prior conviction for escaping lawful custody, which begs the question why he was even in a minimum security facility in the first place.

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Moosomin was serving his indeterminate sentence at the Pe Sakastew Centre, a federal institution not known as a prison, but rather a “healing lodge.”

“Healing lodges are no federal institutions where they keep dangerous offenders incarcerated. They’re a special designation for the native population and they are a failure. And this is just another aspect here to prove that they are failing. They’re failing to keep Canadian citizens safe,” Hanger said.

Despite the dangerous offender designation by the courts, the Correctional Service of Canada has deemed Moosomin a low risk, although the CSC admits that status will likely change if and when he’s caught.

“We’re reviewing this individual case, it’s standard procedure right now to gather up all the available information. Of course we are also working very closely with the police to make sure that they have all the available information to apprehend the offender,” Jeff Campbell of the Correctional Service of Canada said.

The biggest fear, is Moosomin will once again re-offend while on the loose.

“How was he allowed to be out on a temporary pass, escorted or not?” Mary Jane James of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton asked.

“Somewhere along the line someone dropped the ball, and this person really isn’t obviously ready to be part of our society, normal functioning society yet,” James said.

Moosomin is originally from Mosquito Lake, Sask. RCMP say he has no known family or friends in the Edmonton area. Officers do not know where Moosomin may be headed.

Moosomin is described as a First Nations man who is about 5’9″ tall and 217 pounds. He speaks with a lisp and has the number 11 tattooed on his right hand. He also has a Playboy Bunny tattoo on his upper back. RCMP say he has a slash scar on his throat.

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