Care homes being warned about high-risk sex offender who abused seniors
Published Thursday, March 3, 2016 8:02PM PST
Last Updated Friday, March 4, 2016 1:13PM PST
Vancouver police say they will visit care homes to tell them about the release of a high-risk sex offender who’s known for targeting seniors.
James Burrows, 56, was convicted of four sexual assaults against women between the ages of 72 and 93 years old, and has just been released from prison. He is currently residing in a halfway house somewhere in the city, although the exact location is being withheld due to privacy laws.
Because he is from “back east,” police say there are no indications that he will stay in B.C. – but they wanted to warn the public because of his “disturbing past.”
An assessment by the Correctional Service of Canada found Burrows is a high-risk for violent and sexual re-offending.
“In particular he poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of elderly women,” the Vancouver Police Department said in a statement.
CTV News has learned that Burrows posed as a doctor and broke into a senior’s home in 2002, entering through a back door and making his way through the hallways to residents’ rooms.
The sex acts include kissing, fondling breasts, exposing his penis, masturbating and threatening to expose himself, according to court documents.
Const. Brian Montague said officers will be going to care homes in the Lower Mainland to provide information and share his picture.
“He’s a public safety concern. There’s no doubt about that,” he told CTV Morning Live.
Burrows was freed on statutory release, but he must abide by a number of conditions. He’s barred from associating with known criminals, purchasing or accessing pornography, and having contact of any kind with his victims or their families.
He is also forbidden from consuming or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs, or from entering any liquor store or bar.
If he tries to initiate sexual or non-sexual intimate relationships with women, he is required to report that to his parole supervisor.
Burrows is described as black, 6-1 tall, 260 lbs. with black hair and brown eyebrows. Anyone who sees Burrows violating any of his conditions is asked to call 911.