Maple Ridge sex offender pleads guilty
A sex offender, who police warned the public about last year, pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions a day after he was caught chatting with a teenage boy.
Richard Richardson was arrested at the Haney Bus Loop on Monday after transit security recognized him and noticed him talking to the teen around 3 p.m.
Richardson, 59, pleaded guilty to the breach charge on Tuesday and was sentenced to one day in jail.
He has since been released from custody, but remains bound by bail conditions imposed on him last year when he was charged with sexually assaulting a 40-year-old man who had been renting a room in his home.
The conditions prohibit him from renting to any person without informing them about his current charges and criminal record. He is also forbidden from having contact with any person under 16.
When police issued the warning about Richardson last year, they said he uses public transit to travel within the community and hands out business cards to young male bus riders.
The business card has a pager number on it, with instructions on how to contact Richardson.
He has a criminal record for sexual assault against a young male from a file in the early 1990s.
Richardson was released on a $500 peace bond for 12 months in December 2002 after being charged with fear of committing a sexual offence.
• RCMP: 604-463-6291.