James Michael Snow

Man with conviction for sex assault against child spotted outside Dartmouth daycare

James Michael Snow was found guilty back in 2003, and has lifetime ban to stay away areas frequented by youth, police say.

Police say a Dartmouth man with a previous conviction for sexual assault against a child was arrested this week for breaking the terms of his parole by allegedly being spotted outside a parking lot daycare.

In a release issued Thursday, Halifax Regional Police say they spotted a gold van parked in the parking lot of the 500 block of Portland Street in Dartmouth around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

When they approached the driver, a police release stated the man behind the wheel was 55-year-old James Michael Snow of Dartmouth.

Police say Snow has a lifetime order that “prevents him from attending a public park or public swimming area where persons under the age of 14 years are present or can reasonably be expected to be present, or a daycare centre, school ground, playground or community centre.”

“The area where Snow was parked is the parking lot of a daycare as well as an indoor playground,” the release went on to say.

“He (Snow) was discovered by police based on a traffic stop and after speaking with him,” police spokeswoman Dianne Woodworth said in an interview.

On Metro’s Facebook page some readers questioned why Snow’s photo had not been released. Woodworth said if a person has served their sentence, police are only authorized to release a photo if the person has been deemed a high risk to reoffend under the High Risk Offender Protocol.

“Under the protocol, we are only permitted to release the photo at the time they are released into the community,” Woodworth said. “Mr. Snow has not been deemed a high risk offender at this time.”

At least one person said they would personally share an image of the alleged suspect via social media to anyone who requested it.

This course of action is not recommended by police.

“I understand where they’re coming from and I understand their concern, but it’s best to leave it to the police agencies to do that if it’s appropriate,” Woodworth said.

Snow was held in custody overnight Wednesday and was scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Thursday to face charges of breach of a prohibition order in relation to children stemming from a 2003 conviction for sexual assault.

Note to readers: This story has been corrected as the accused’s last name was incorrect in two places after his first reference.