Authorities are warning the public about two men released separately from jail Monday: one with a history of violence against his girlfriends, and one with a pattern of sexual offences against children.
James William Conway, 40, is considered a “high risk sex offender,” according to a notification from the Corrections Branch of the Ministry of Justice.
Conway’s criminal history includes sexual interference of a person under 16, sexual assault, and breach of recognizance.
His release is subject to 27 court-ordered conditions, including prohibitions on being in contact with children, possessing alcohol, and wearing uniforms — including, but not limited to, police uniforms, firemen’s uniforms and scrubs.
“Mr. Conway has now served his time in custody and plans to reside in Surrey,” said B.C. Corrections spokeswoman Amy Lapsley in a statement.
“It has been determined that he is at a high risk to reoffend, as he has maintained a versatile pattern of sexual offending against female children.”
Conway is described as six-foot-four and 276 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.
Meanwhile, Abbotsford police have notified the public about Kenneth Courtney Breckenridge, 49, whose criminal history includes assault with a weapon, sexual assault causing bodily harm, and forcible confinement.
They said Breckenridge’s victims have often been his girlfriends or common-law partners.
“Police fear the potential for Breckenridge to re-offend, particularly in the context of an intimate relationship,” said the notification.
Breckenridge is residing in the Abbotsford area, police said.
Considering Breckenridge’s history, the timing of his release was both “ironic” and “disappointing,” said Const. Ian MacDonald, a spokesman for the Abbotsford Police Department.
“It’s disappointing that we have to do a public notification on Family Day,” MacDonald said. “But we want people to be informed … If he starts to form relationships with people, that’s what we have to be most concerned about.”
One of the conditions of Breckenridge’s release is fairly uncommon, MacDonald said. Breckenridge has been ordered by the court to “immediately advise Probation Officer of all close, intimate or familial relationships and refrain from continuing with that relationship until those persons have been advised of your criminal record in the presence of the Probation Officer.”
Breckenridge is described as six-foot-one, and 175 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
MacDonald said: “There are times where we’re concerned with the stranger-attack kind of scenario, and that can be a pretty scary thing from a policing standpoint.
“But this individual’s M.O. is the opposite of that. He gets close to people before those bad things generally happen.”