UPDATE: High-risk sex offender back on the street

NANAIMO – John Ambrose Seward, 27, release after arrest for alleged parole violation.

John Ambrose Seward

John Ambrose Seward

A convicted sex offender, arrested for allegedly breaching his release conditions, is back on the streets.

The B.C. Corrections Branch had issued a public notification last week that John Ambrose Seward, 27, a violent high-risk sex offender, planned to reside in Nanaimo.

Seward was arrested Thursday at about 10 p.m. after it was reported he had allegedly been in a public park earlier in the evening. He appeared at Nanaimo provincial court today (April 7) when he was again released on conditions, which prompted another public notification from the Corrections Branch.

Seward has a criminal history that includes three sexual assaults and two sexual assaults with a weapon, according to the corrections branch. Seward has maintained a pattern of predatory and opportunistic violent sexual offending, and women age 15-55 are at risk, according to the advisory.

According to his release conditions, Seward is prohibited from being alone with any person under age 16; possessing, owning or carrying any weapon or imitation firearm; and attending a public park, public swimming area, daycare centre, school ground or playground. He cannot consume or possess alcohol or any controlled substances, and shall not enter any liquor store, beer and/or wine store or business whose primary purpose is the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

Anyone who sees Seward violating his release conditions is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.