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Police issue public warning about convicted pedophile

A convicted pedophile police say is a high risk to re-offend has moved into SudburyÂ?s downtown core. Shawn Patrick Abbs, 30, has a criminal record for serious sexual offences involving young and teenage boys.
A convicted pedophile police say is a high risk to re-offend has moved into SudburyÂ?s downtown core.

Shawn Patrick Abbs, 30, has a criminal record for serious sexual offences involving young and teenage boys.

Abbs also has three convictions for failing to comply with prohibition orders placed on him in relation to staying away from children under 14 years of age.

Two court orders against Abbs currently prohibit him from having any contact with children under 14 years of age, attending any public place such as parks, swimming pools, daycares, school grounds playgrounds or community centres. He is also prohibited from seeking employment or volunteering in any capacity that would put him in a position of trust or authority toward children younger than 14.

Police say Abbs breached these conditions on July 6 when he visited Bell Park. He was arrested and released on a probation order Sept. 8.

Police are especially concerned about Abbs because they say he has been known to change his weight and appearance drastically in a short period of time.

Abbs is five foot seven, 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

He has numerous tattoos including a spider web on his left elbow and a bat and skull on his upper left arm.

Abbs has served two jail sentences for sexually assaulting young boys. He has videotaped his sexual assaults and threatened youngsters with death if they talked to anyone.

He served 18 months in 1994 after being convicted of sodomy and sexual interference with a boy under age 14 in London and was sentenced to four years in a federal penitentiary in 1995 for two more sexual assaults against a minor.

Because his convictions involve children under age 14, the judge in the 1995 case imposed a condition Abbs stay away from all children for 10 years.

Abbs was arrested by Greater Sudbury Police on July 6 and charged him with failing to comply with court orders.

He spent two months in custody until pleading guilty two weeks ago to one count of breaching court orders. He was granted a suspended sentence and released from custody.

He was also placed on probation and placed under strict conditions to stay away from children.

Â?This police service is concerned for the safety of the public in relation to Shawn Abbs and we believe that his record reveals a grave health and safety concern to the community,Â? said a Greater Sudbury Police press release issued Thursday.,