New Westminster – High risk sex offender, James Conway, was arrested today by Metro Vancouver Transit Police, for breaching the conditions of his release from prison just nine days ago.
Conway, who had been in jail for breaching his release conditions while on the transit system in April of 2014, was being monitored by members of the Transit Police Crime Reduction Unit who participate in our Offender Management Program. Under this program high risk or prolific offenders, who typically use the transit system, are monitored by Transit Police officers so as to ensure the safety of transit customers.
Conway, 40 years, who has been residing at a half-way house in Surrey since his release, boarded a bus at the Surrey Central Bus Loop this morning, February 17, 2015, at 8 am, and sat down on a double seat beside a 14 year old girl. Other seats were available to Conway at the time. He was arrested a short time later, without incident, by Transit Police.
Conway was breaching two of his 27 conditions of release:
- When on TransLink property you are not to be seated on the same booth of seats of any person who appears to be under the age of 18 years is presently seated in.
- You shall carry a copy of this order on your person at all times and produce it immediately upon being questioned by any Peace Officer.
In April of 2014, Conway drew the attention of another SkyTrain passenger when he was staring at young girls, looking down the front of their shirts and engaging them in conversation by producing a teddy bear. He was wearing a fire department hat and golf shirt at the time. The witness reported this to Transit Police and pointed Conway out. He was arrested, charged and convicted of breaching his conditions of release and sentenced to 10 months in jail and three years of probation.
Combatting sexual offending on the transit system is a priority for Transit Police. Customers have the right to use the system without fear of being harassed by sexual offenders. We are committed to taking every reported incident of unwanted sexual behaviour seriously and investigating thoroughly, as well as paying close attention to those who would reoffend.
See Something, Say Something.
Report discreetly using our Text Code 87 77 77 or use our free OnDuty Mobile App.