Public warning: High-risk sex offender moving to the Delta area

WATCH: Police issued a public warning about the release of a high risk sex offender planning to move to Delta. James Conway has previously been convicted for sexual offences involving children. Jeremy Hunka reports.

VANCOUVER – A public warning has been issued by Delta Police following the release of a high risk sex offender who will be moving to the Delta area. He prefers to use public transit as his method of transportation.

James Conway, 40, has previously been convicted three times for sexual offences perpetrated against children.

He has a criminal history, which includes sexual interference of a person under 16, sexual assault, arson damaging property, failure to comply with disposition and breach of recognizance. According to BC Corrections, Conway has “maintained a versatile pattern of sexual offending against female children in a predatory and opportunistic manner.”

When he was released from custody in February, he planned to live in Surrey. However, he was arrested nine days later for allegedly sitting beside a teenage girl on a bus, breaking one of his conditions of his release.

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Conway is described as 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 276 pounds. He is Caucasian with brown hair and blue eyes.

He is subject to electronic monitoring by authorities, is under house arrest and is not allowed to leave his home unless he is accompanied by a case worker.

In total, he is subject to 24 court-ordered conditions – conditions which Delta Police say are the toughest they’ve seen imposed on a case like this. They include:

  • Not engaging in any activity that involves contact with persons under the age of 18 years including using a computer system to communicate with a person under the age of 18 years.
  • Not engaging in any activities, volunteer work and/or employment that would involve him in a position of trust or authority or involves contact with persons under the age of 18.
  • Prohibited from attending or being within any public park, playground or school, child daycare centre, community centre or public swimming area or other sites including churches which offer activities for children under the age of 18.
  • Must not consume alcohol or controlled substances or non-prescribed medication.
  • May not travel alone on public transit.
  • Must not possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code except for knives to be used only for the preparation and consumption of meals.
  • You will not be found wearing any uniforms, including but not limited to firemen’s uniforms, corrections uniforms, search/rescue uniforms, police uniforms, security guard uniforms, or scrubs, or any patch or insignia that represents these occupations.
  • Must advise Probation Officer of any close or intimate relationship with any person.
  • May only leave the residence in the company of a case worker.

Still, his release gives many pause.

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“I guess I would be a fool if I said no,” said Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, when asked if she was concerned.

“They tell us there’s a lot of conditions applied to his being released. Is it enough? I don’t know…we should be doing a better job than this.”

“Why would they let him back in a community that’s filled with children and families? I don’t know why they would let him back here,” says Jal Bhaliwal, a Delta mother.

Anyone who sees James Conway violating these conditions is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

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