Maple Ridge sex offender gets probation

James Edward Harry, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching probation and was sentenced on Thursday to a day in jail and a three-year probation order.

  • Jul. 5, 2011 8:00 a.m.
Police have issued a warning about James Edward Harry who they characterize as a dangerous sexual predator.

Police have issued a warning about James Edward Harry who they characterize as a dangerous sexual predator.

A young sex offender from Maple Ridge has been released from custody less than two months after he violated his bail conditions.

James Edward Harry, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching probation and was sentenced on Thursday to a day in jail and a three-year probation order.

Harry was arrested in May, two weeks after he was released from a remand centre for violating bail conditions imposed on him for a similar breach in January.

Ridge Meadows RCMP allege Harry left his apartment unescorted.

Mounties characterize him as a “dangerous sexual predator” and issued a warning about him a day before he was arrested in May.

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

At the time of his arrest, Harry was being supervised by the Maple Ridge probation office and is still being 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 proceeded to violate bail conditions in May.

Under the terms of his latest probation order, Harry is prohibited from having contact with anyone under 16.

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

He is not allowed to use a computer or the Internet to communicate with anyone under 16 or access social networking sites such as Facebook.

He is not allowed to work where he can come in contact with anyone under 16.

He also has a daily curfew for the next three years from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. and must attend counselling.