New Westminster police are warning the public about a high risk offender who has moved into a transition house in their community.
Jared Edward Harris moved to the city after receiving a peace bond for causing fear of a sexual offence to a person under 14 years of age.
Police say they are concerned Harris is a high risk to reoffend. He has an extensive criminal record, which includes breaking and entering, assault with a weapon and sexual-related offences against minors.
"Because of the severity of his offences and history of breaching his conditions, we want the public to be well aware of our concern and to be reassured that we are doing everything we can to ensure public safety," Sgt. Jeff Scott wrote in a statement.
Police say, in 2013, Harris was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for unlawfully being in a house in Delta, B.C., and for invitation to sexual touching involving two children.
Harris is under several court-ordered conditions including:
- Not possessing or owning a weapon.
- Not entering any liquor stores.
- Not contacting, directly or indirectly, anyone under the age of 16 years old unless it's necessary as part of a business transaction.
- Not going to any playgrounds, public parks, swimming areas where minors under the age of 16 could be.
If Harris is observed violating these conditions, police say to call 911 immediately.