Nova Scotia RCMP say a high-risk sex offender about to be released from prison is headed for the Shubenacadie-Enfield area.
Wayne Joseph Croft, 60, will be released from Dorchester Penitentiary on Tuesday after serving his full 10-year sentence for several sexual assaults.
Croft has a history of sex offences involving boys and girls under the age of 16, dating back to 1978.
The RCMP say because Croft is considered a high-risk to reoffend, they believe the notification is in the public's best interests and outweighs his right to privacy.
The Mounties have also notified the provincial Department of Education.
At the same time, the RCMP is warning the public against vigilante acts.
"Any acts of vigilantism will not be tolerated and can be considered an act of violence and also could be considered a criminal offence," said Sgt. Mark Gallagher, an RCMP spokesman.
Gallagher said Croft 's first stop after leaving prison will be the courthouse, where he will formally agree to follow strict conditions that he must:
- Notify court and Enfield RCMP of any change of address or job.
- Report to Enfield RCMP weekly.
- Keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
- Have no contact with anyone under 16.
- Stay away from schools, playgrounds, public pools, daycares or any place where children gather.
- Stay away from lands owned by the Indian Brook First Nation.
- Not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.
Gallagher said other offenders have followed conditions and have not been a threat.