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New Westminster police warn about high-risk offender Jared Harris

Police in New Westminster are warning the public about a repeat offender who is living in a local transition house.

The New Westminster Police Department issued the warning Thursday about Jared Edward Harris, who they say is a high risk to re-offend.

Harris, who has an extensive criminal record, is staying at a New West halfway house on a peace bond for “causing fear of a sexual offence to a person under 14 years old,” according to NWPD spokesman Sgt. Jeff Scott.

He also has convictions for break-and-enter, assault with a weapon, forcible entry, indecent act, invitation to sexual touching and multiple breaches of court orders.

In March 2013, Harris was convicted of invitation to sexual touching against two young kids after walking into an open garage in Delta. He was sentenced to 30 months in jail.

“We’re concerned that Mr. Harris is a high risk to re-offend,” said Scott. “Because of the severity of his offences and history of breaching his conditions, we want the public to be well aware of our concern and to be reassured that we are doing everything we can to ensure public safety.”

NWPD officers are working with Harris’s parole officer to closely monitor him, and ensure he abides by a lengthy list of conditions that includes not carrying weapons, consuming drugs or alcohol, staying out of the company of anyone under 16 years of age and staying away from public parks or community centres where children are likely to be.

Anyone who sees Harris in violation of his parole conditions is asked to call NWPD at 604-525-5411 or 911.