Warning issued for serial sex offender and former Bradner area resident

A serial sex offender has moved from the Bradner area to Mission and authorities have issued a public safety warning.

  • Jul. 31, 2016 8:00 p.m.

James Conway

By Mike Raptis/special to the Langley Advance

A serial predator who has maintained a pattern of sexual offences against young girls is planning to live in Mission after prompting protests where he lived in the Bradner area.

B.C. Corrections issued a public notification on Sunday warning area residents to be on the lookout for high-risk sex offender James Conway, 41.

Conway has a criminal history which includes sexual interference of a minor, sexual assault, arson, failing to comply and breaching his recognizance. He is Caucasian, 6-foot-4, weighs 250 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Conway had been living at an Abbotsford halfway house, prompting the City of Abbotsford to file a lawsuit to try to force him to move.

Conway has a long criminal history, including three sexual offences against children, as well as sexual interference of a person under 16, sexual assault and arson.

He has also breached the conditions of his release at least twice.

In April 2014, he was caught staring at young girls on SkyTrain, looking down their shirts and engaging them in conversation by producing a teddy bear. He was later sentenced to 10 months in jail and three years’ probation.

Police issued a public notice about his release from prison in February of this year, when he settled in the Surrey area.

At that time, BC Corrections said in a press release that he has a pattern of “sexual offending against female children in a predatory and opportunistic manner.”

Conway was back in jail 10 days later, after allegedly breaching his conditions when he sat down on a bus beside a 14-year-old girl, even though other seats were available.

A public notice was issued again in April of 2015, when Conway was released from prison and planned to reside in Delta.

Last November, the city filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court against the owners of a property that houses a Bradner halfway house.

The suit alleges that the defendants are using the property for “commercial, institutional and care uses,” which are not permitted under the “Agricultural One” zoning for the neighbourhood.

Conway is subject to close monitoring by authorities and has 25 court-ordered conditions including:

— You must remain in your residence at all times (24 hour curfew) and may not leave your residence unless you are supervised.

— You are subject to electronic supervision.

— You may not engage in any activity that involves contact with persons under the age of 18, including the use of a computer system for the purpose of communicating with persons under the age of eighteen.

— You may not engage in any activities, volunteer work or employment that will put you in contact with any person under the age of eighteen.

— You may not attend at any public park, playground, school yard, daycare centre, community centre or public swimming area or any other site which offers activities for persons under the age of 18.

— You may not wear, for any reason, any uniform which includes but is not limited to, Firemen’s uniforms, Correctional Officer uniforms, Search and Rescue uniforms, Police uniforms, Security Guard uniforms, Nurse uniforms, or any patch or insignia that represents these occupations.

— You may not travel alone on public transit.

—You may not consume alcohol or be in an establishment where alcohol is for sale.

— You may not possess any weapons.

If you see Conway violate any of the above conditions, contact your local police.

– Mike Raptis is a reporter with the Vancouver Sun

– With files from the Abbotsford News and the Langley Advance

For more from the Sun go to vancouversun.com

Just Posted

Langley’s supportive housing plan moves forward

Township council will now hear from the public before making a final decision.

POSTPONED: Student entrepreneurs spotlighted at Fort Langley event

Take part in a talk on problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking and social responsibility.

Brookswood’s Forsyth back to Langley for basketball meet

The Bobcat alumnus and her team will take on last year’s champs Notre Dame.

Historic Fort Langley remembers James Douglas and Louis Riel

Annual weekend events draw hundreds to site

VIDEO: Shoppers like self-checkout lanes at the grocery store, survey suggests

Grocery Experience National Survey Report suggests most grocery shoppers spend 32 minutes per visit

Late 2019 too long to wait for ridesharing: B.C. Conservatives

“While the rest of the world is embracing this transportation revolution, B.C. is only now staggering slowly toward legislation on a business model that’s been mainstreamed for over a decade in other jurisdictions.”

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

No deal in sight: Canada Post warns of delivery delays into January

Union holds fifth week of rotating strikes as both sides remain apart on contract negotiations

COLUMN: Higher interest rates will slow B.C. economy after ‘unusually robust’ show

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

Jason Aldean, Old Dominion to headline Merritt’s Rockin’ River concerts next summer

Four-day music festival at Coldwater River from Aug. 1 to 4

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

5 to start your day

Body found in Maple Ridge ID’ed as Hells Angel, Japanese ‘rising sun’ flag gone from Langley classroom and more

Bovine tuberculosis found in cow on southern B.C. farm

CFIA said the disease was found during slaughter and they are investigating

Most Read