High-risk sex offender moves to Chilliwack

Richard Ian Ellis, 68, "poses a significant risk to the safety of prepubescent girls"

High-risk sex offender Richard Ian Ellis has moved to Chilliwack.

High-risk sex offender Richard Ian Ellis has moved to Chilliwack.

A high-risk sex offender who poses a “significant” risk to young girls has moved to Chilliwack.

Richard Ian Ellis has a lengthy criminal history, which includes sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

“He has maintained a predatory and opportunistic pattern of sexually offending against children and poses a significant risk to the safety of prepubescent girls,” the BC Corrections said in a public notification issued Thursday.

The 68-year-old Ellis had originally said he wanted to move to Hope, a move that triggers the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to issue a warning, but has since moved to Chilliwack.

Ellis is five feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He is Caucasian with thin brown hair and hazel eyes.

He is subject to close monitoring by authorities and 18 court-ordered conditions, which include restrictions on most types of contact with females aged 16 or younger, alcohol, technology usage and pornography.

On top of his extensive criminal history, mostly in Vancouver, Ellis is due in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Feb. 15 facing one count of “fear sexual offence in respect of person under 16” from a Nov. 2 incident in Agassiz.

In addition to the sexual offences, he has convictions for theft and possession of stolen property.

His provincial record (not counting Supreme Court) in B.C. goes back to the 1990s, according to the Ministry of Justice.

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