British Columbia

High-risk sex offender living in Vancouver poses significant risk to children, police warn

A convicted federal sex offender with a history of abusing children has moved into a Vancouver halfway house, and police are asking the public to report any violations of his release from prison.

35-year-old Kristjon Otto Olson is living in a halfway house after being granted statutory release

Convicted sex offender Kristjon Otto Olson, 35, is living in a Vancouver halfway house. (Vancouver police)

A convicted federal sex offender with a history of abusing children has moved into a Vancouver halfway house, and police are asking the public to report any violations of his release from prison.

Kristjon Otto Olson, 35, is out on statutory release, but an assessment from Correctional Services of Canada suggests he is at a very high risk of reoffending, according to a police statement.

Those most at risk include children and teenagers of both genders, including strangers, acquaintances, intimate partners and the general public, police say.

Olson's convictions are for sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, publishing and attempting to publish child pornography and possession of child pornography.

He is described as Indigenous, five feet eight inches tall and 200 pounds, with a stocky build, short, light brown hair, and brown eyes.

Olson is bound by several conditions, and police are asking anyone who seem him in violation to call 911 immediately.

Those conditions specify that Olson must:

  • Wear an electronic monitoring device.
  • Not consume, purchase or possess alcohol or drugs.
  • Not own, use or possess a computer or any technological device that would allow unsupervised access to the internet.
  • Not purchase, acquire, possess or access pornography or sexually explicit material in any form or type of media.
  • Report all intimate sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with any person that has parental responsibility for children under the age of 18.
  • Not be in, near or around places where children under the age of 18 are likely to congregate, such as elementary and secondary schools, parks, swimming pools, and recreation centres.
  • Not be in the presence of any male or female children under the age of 18.

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