A high-risk repeat sex offender who violated his parole in Langley only minutes after getting out of jail in March was arrested again in Hope on Friday.
Residents in the Chilliwack-Hope area were warned by authorities about Graham Lackey’s release from prison last week.
Then shortly after 10:20 p.m. on Friday, Lackey was arrested in Memorial Park in Hope for breaching one of 13 court-ordered conditions, which includes not being in parks.
The 46-year-old man has a significant criminal history with 37 convictions, including 17 which are sex-related. A further 12 are where he failed to comply with conditions for offences dating back to 1989.
Lackey was subject to close monitoring by authorities and was under 13 court-ordered conditions including not possessing, owning or carrying any weapons; not consuming or possessing alcohol or any controlled substances; not having contact, direct or indirect, with anyone under the age of 16; not attending a public park, public swimming area, daycare centre, school ground or playground where anyone under the age of 16 is present or can reasonably be expected to frequent; and not owning, possessing or accessing any personal computers or electronic devices capable of accessing the Internet.
In March, an officer in Langley RCMP’s Sex Crime Unit became aware he was going to be released from Fraser Regional Correction Centre and he had announced his intention to live in Langley.
Officers in Langley’s Street Enforcement Unit who are trained in surveillance attended Fraser Regional Correctional Centre on March 17, as Lackey was released from jail. Officers observed him boarding a bus bound for the Langley bus loop.
He arrived in Langley at 1:51 p.m., was greeted by an acquaintance and the two immediately went to a nearby pub where Lackey ordered and consumed a beer at 2:15 p.m., said Langley RCMP Const. Holly Marks.
Lackey was arrested as he exited the pub and has been found guilty of breaching his probation. He had been sentenced to an additional five months in jail, but was let out last week.
“This individual is a repeat offender with a history of sex offences, non-compliance with community supervision and potentially at a high risk to re-offend,” said Langley RCMP Const. Holly Marks at the time.
He is bound by the probation order until November 2013.
– files from the Hope Standard