Canada rape suspect in court Monday |

Canada rape suspect in court Monday

F.T. Norton

A hearing on Monday in federal court in Reno will determine if a Carson City man will be sent back to Canada to face charges in the 1979 rape of a 9-year-old girl.

Wilbur James Ventling, 63, is being held in the Washoe County Jail on a Vernon, British Columbia warrant charging him with rape with intent to wound. He was arrested Oct. 8 at his Carson City home.

Ventling, a registered sex offender, has lived in Carson City since his release from prison in November 2004 where he was serving 20 years for two counts of lewdness with a minor and one count of attempted sexual assault in Las Vegas in 1980.

According U.S. District Court filings from Tuesday in the Canadian case, Ventling was arrested in Alberta, Canada in 1979, but a day after being ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, he fled the country, presumably to the U.S. where he committed the offenses for which he was imprisoned.