AYLESFORD - The RCMP in Nova Scotia is warning the public about a high-risk sex offender who is being released from prison on Friday.
Shane Smith, 36.
Shane Smith, 36, is being released from the Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick after finishing a three-year sentence for offences that include sexual assaults, with both boys and girls, ranging in age from four to 18.
Police say Smith will be residing in the Aylesford area of the province and has been assessed at a high risk to reoffend.
RCMP spokesman, Cpl. Scott MacRae, said he doesn’t know where Smith lived when he committed the sexual assaults.
MacRae said Smith’s conditions are “fairly lengthy,” but include restrictions on internet use and contact with children under 16. He’s also to be at least 100 metres away from any public park, public swimming area, daycare center, school ground or community center where children might be present.
The RCMP are alerting the public to Smith’s release so residents can take precautionary measures, said MacRae.
“We have to caution the public that any form of vigilante activity will not be tolerated, and will be investigated by the RCMP,” he said.
Although MacRae said he understands the public’s concern with allowing a high-risk offender into the community, he said Smith has fulfilled his sentence and must be released.