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Vancouver police warn public of high-risk sex offender being released into city

Police believe Howard Geddes Skelding is a risk to reoffend, particularly if he has consumed drugs.
Police believe Howard Geddes Skelding is a risk to reoffend, particularly if he has consumed drugs. Vancouver police

Vancouver police are warning the public about a high-risk sex offender who will be living in the city.

Police say Howard Geddes Skelding, 28, “poses a significant risk to women in the community.”

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Geddes Skelding is being released after completing a two-year sentence for sexual assault and indecent acts, say police.

Police believe he is a high risk to reoffend either violently or sexually, particularly if he is using drugs.

Geddes Skelding is described as five-foot-eight and 160 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. He has a scar above his right eye.

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He is to serve three years’ probation in the community under the following conditions:

  • He cannot possess weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada, including all types of firearms, ammunition, explosives or knives
  • He must attend, participate and complete all counselling, programming and treatment as directed by the probation officer
  • He must completely abstain from consuming alcohol and non-prescription medications

Anyone who sees Geddes Skelding violate these conditions is urged to call 911.

Current national sex offender registry keeping public safe: Trudeau
Current national sex offender registry keeping public safe: Trudeau