High-risk sex offender

Surrey mayor ‘furious’ over sex offender’s release

James Conway, a high-risk sex offender, has moved to Surrey, according to Corrections BC

Surrey’s mayor is livid that a high-risk sex offender has been allowed to relocate to Surrey.

Corrections BC issued a warning on Monday (Feb. 9) that 40-year-old James William Conway had been released and is planning to move to Surrey.

“Conway has a criminal history which includes sexual interference of (a) person under 16, sexual assault, arson damaging property, fail to comply with disposition and breach of recognizance,” Corrections BC said in a release.

“He has maintained a versatile pattern of sexual offending against female children in a predatory and opportunistic manner.”

Conway is described as 6’4″, weighing 276 pounds. He is Caucasian with brown hair and blue eyes.

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner is outraged he’ll be coming to Surrey.

“I’m furious,” Hepner said, adding she found out on TV that Conway was here. Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge, Chief Supt. Bill Fordy, found out the same way, she said.

“That’s just not good enough,” Hepner said Tuesday. “Frankly, when you have high-risk attached to your name, I don’t know why you’re out in the first place.”

Hepner could not say which neighbourhood Conway is in, but she is trying to find out.

She said Surrey is not the place to relocate Conway, given the recent arrest and charge of a violent sex offender for the killing of a 17-year-old girl.

Raymond Lee Caissie was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Serena Vermeersch in September last year.

He had been released from prison in 2013 after serving a 22-year sentence.

Hepner said there’s something wrong with a system that lets high-risk offenders locate among the public.

She  said that Conway has 27 conditions he has to abide by.

“If you need 27, there’s something systemically wrong,” she said. “Frankly, I don’t want him in Surrey.”

 

Just Posted

Semiahmoo wins Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic for second straight year

Totems’ senior boys battle back to top Tamanawis in tourney final at Enver Creek Saturday

Flavourful journey through the city

BIA’s Taste White Rock event returns

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

Civic cannabis plan gets the attention of White Rock business groups

Chamber to poll members, BIA would “absolutely support” businesses looking to open dispensaries

Totems to battle Wildcats for Surrey RCMP Basketball championship

Match set for 7:45 p.m. at Enver Creek Secondary

VIDEO: Surrey reviewing Clayton crosswalk after pedestrian hit

The city says investigation in response to safety concerns from local resident

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Most Read