Sex offender violates parole minutes after getting out of jail in Langley

Police follow child sex offender from jail to Langley pub where he drinks beer and gets arrested.

A convicted sex offender violated his parole minutes after his release in Langley.

Graham Lackey, 46, was convicted in November 2011 of two charges of exposing his genitals to a person under the age of 16 and one charge of breaching his undertaking. The charges involved incidents in the Comox Valley.

At that time, he was sentenced to prison followed by two years probation after his release from jail. Lackey has an extensive criminal record with 37 convictions, including 17 which are sex-related, and 12 where he failed to comply with conditions for offences dating back to 1989.

Earlier this year, 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.

“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.

He is bound by the probation order until November 2013.  There are several conditions on the order, including that he not consume any alcohol.

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 Marks.

Lackey was arrested as he exited the pub and has been found guilty of breaching his probation.  He has now been sentenced to an additional five months in jail, where he is currently residing.

“Here in Langley we have a number of resources dedicated to targeting these prolific criminal offenders in a view to keep our community safe,” said Langley RCMP Supt. Derek Cooke. “I am very pleased we were able to resolve this matter as quickly as we did.  It truly speaks to the officers’ dedication and demonstrates the value of their efforts.”

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