Yellowknife RCMP are warning the public that a ‘violent sexual offender’ is being released from the North Slave Correctional Centre Thursday.

Timothy Football, 23, has criminal code convictions for sexual assault, assault with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and breaches of court orders.

Police delivered a warning to community members in Whati specifically, saying he poses a “risk of significant harm to the public.”

Football will be on court-imposed conditions upon release and required to follow restrictions on any activity that involves contact with children under the age of 16.

“The Northwest Territories RCMP 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 members of the community,” read an RCMP press release.

Football is of Aboriginal descent, stands 5ft 5in tall and weighs approximately 154 lbs with brown eyes and black hair.