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'The public needs to be aware that he's out there': VPD search for sex offender who cut off ankle bracelet

Last Updated Feb 23, 2020 at 2:50 pm PDT

FILE - Kristjon Olson (Courtesy Vancouver Police Department)

Kristjon Olson served an 8-year-and-one-month sentence in federal prison for numerous crimes against children

Olson is bound by 27 court-ordered conditions which he breached when he cut his ankle bracelet and left his home Friday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A sex offender who has been convicted of multiple crimes against children cut his ankle bracelet and has not been seen since leaving his Downtown Eastside home Friday around midnight, according to Vancouver Police.

38-year-old Kristjon Olson served an 8-year-and-one-month sentence in federal prison for crimes including: sexual interference, sexual assault, publishing child pornography, and possessing child pornography.

Sgt. Aaron Roed with the Vancouver Police Department says Olson’s sentence has expired, but he remains bound by 27 conditions including a curfew and electronic monitoring.

“He did remove his bracelet and leave the residence which is a breach of that recognizance, so those are the offences that we are looking at right now,” Roed says.

“He is deemed by the courts to be a high-risk sex offender. This is why we’re letting the public know he is wanted by us. The public needs to be aware that he’s out there.”

When Olson was released from prison in 2017 the VPD issued a warning.

“The Correctional Services of Canada has assessed Olson at a very high risk of sexually reoffending. At risk are female and male children and teenagers, including strangers, acquaintances, intimate partners, and the general public,” it read.

Olson is described as Indigenous, 5’8” tall, and 245 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, with a light complexion. When he left his home he was caught by surveillance video.

Anyone who sees him is urged to call 911.