Judge Orders Rape Suspect To Be Extradited To Canada

A convicted sex offender accused in the rape and assault of a 9-year-old girl in Canada nearly 30 years ago has been ordered by a federal judge in Reno to return to that country to face charges.

U.S. Magistrate Robert A. McQuaid Jr. determined there was enough evidence and probable cause to extradite Wilbur James Ventling for the 1979 crime in Vernon, British Columbia.

The 63-year-old Ventling was arrested in October at his Carson City home after authorities in Canada, while reviewing the 28-year-old case, submitted evidence and DNA collected at the scene for international DNA comparison.

Authorities say those results matched that of Ventling, who served a lengthy prison sentence in Nevada for sex crimes committed also in 1979.

Upon his release from prison, he registered as a sex offender and was required to submit a DNA sample for a state repository.