Police issue warning about violent offender

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TRURO - Truro police took the unusual step Thursday of letting residents know a violent offender being released from federal prison today may end up in the Hubtown.
Stephen Legacy, 46, is being released from the Dorchester Penitentiary after serving his full sentence of two years and 10 months for a number of offences, including assault with a weapon, sexual interference, sexual assault and failure to comply with conditions. The charges were laid in Bathurst, N.B.
Sgt. Rob Hearn, of Truro Police Service's criminal investigative division, said notifying the public was a pro-active measure.
"It's not to add fear to the public or cause concern," he said. "It's just notification that should this person be in the area we want the public to be aware that he is a risk to re-offend."
When a convict, deemed a high risk to re-offend such as Legacy, is released the police force where the offender may locate to is sent the criminal's history and assessments.
Hearn said they were notified that Legacy's work might bring him to Truro but they do not know who he will be working for or in what line of work. After being released, Legacy must go directly to Bathurst where there is a peace bond against him with two pages of conditions.
"In order for him to come here he has to give 24 hours notice to the police there and they'll notify us," Hearn said.
This is only the second time Truro police have issued such a warning. The last one came in June 2000 when police in Stellarton and Truro held a joint news conference to warn residents of George Glen (Glennie) Creed's release.
Police stressed the information released yesterday was to alert the public but any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct will not be tolerated.
Legacy is described as a white man standing 5'5" and weighing 210 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair.

Organizations: Truro Police Service

Geographic location: Bathurst, Stellarton

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