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Warning as high-risk sex offender moves to New Westminster

Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm PDT

Sex offender Jared Edward Harris is living in the Lower Mainland. (Courtesy New Westminster Police)

Concerns high-risk sex offender will re-offend as police issue public warning

Jared Edward Harris is living in New Westminster and his record includes sex crimes involving children

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) – You’re being warned about a high-risk sex offender, living in a halfway house in the Royal City, and who police think may re-offend.

Jared Edward Harris has an extensive criminal record. He got a peace bond for causing fear of a sexual offence to a person under the age of 14. “Mr. Harris’ criminal convictions include breaking and entering, assault with a weapon, forcible entry, indecent act, invitation to sexual touching, and multiple breaches of court orders,” says Sergeant Jeff Scott.

Investigators say in March 2013 Harris was convicted invitation to sexual touching against two young children, after walking into an opened garage in of a home in Delta. He received 30-month sentence in federal custody for those offences.

“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,” adds Harris. “Our Major Crime Unit is working closely with [his] probation officer to actively and closely monitor him. All of our police officers, and law enforcement in surrounding agencies, have been made aware of Mr. Harris’ risk and current court ordered conditions.”

Harris’ court-ordered conditions

1. He must reside as directed in a place selected by his Probation Officer
2. He must submit to having his picture taken by any Peace Officer throughout the term of his supervision.
3. Harris shall not possess, own, or carry any weapon.
4. Harris shall not consume or possess alcohol or any controlled substance listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
5. Harris shall not enter any liquor store, beer and/or wine stores, or business whose primary purpose is the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
6. Harris shall have no contact, direct or indirect, with anyone under the age of 16 years, save and except as necessary for a commercial transaction in a place of business.
7. Harris must not attend a public park or public swimming area where persons under the age of 16 years are present or can reasonably be expected to be present, or a daycare centre, school ground, or playground.

If you see him break any of these conditions you are asked to call NWPD at 604.525.5411 or 911.