Dangerous sex offender arrested in Maple Ridge

James Edward Harry, 19, was arrested by police Thursday on allegations that he had left his apartment unescorted.

A young sex offender from Maple Ridge is back in jail after he violated bail conditions two weeks after he was released from custody.

James Edward Harry, 19, was arrested by police Thursday on allegations that he had left his apartment unescorted.

Harry remained in custody over the weekend.

It is his second breach of bail conditions since January.

Police characterize the young man as a “dangerous sexual predator” and issued a warning about him a day before he was arrested.

Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said the public interest notification was made under the Privacy Act of Canada, in the interest of public safety.

Harry was being supervised by the Maple Ridge probation office and was monitored by Ridge Meadows RCMP’s serious crimes unit, which first became aware of Harry when he was a youth.

Court records show Harry was placed under a peace bond in October 2009 because police feared he may commit a sexual offence against a person under 16.

The peace bond was sworn just three months after Harry turned 18.

He breached the peace bond on Sept. 8, 2010 and spent 16 days in jail. He also received a 12-month probation order.

Harry, however, violated the probation order in January and has yet to be sentenced for the breach.

He was released from a remand centre last month with strict conditions that prohibit him from having contact with anyone under 16.

He is also required to stay away from parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, day cares, schools and anywhere else children are present.

He is not allowed to use a computer or the Internet to communicate with anyone under 16.

Under the conditions, Harry was also confined to his apartment and could only leave the building with staff or with a person specifically approved of by one of the staff for an excursion or outings.