Public warning issued about North Van sex offender

Authorities are warning the public about a former North Vancouver man considered a high-risk sex offender who has served his time in jail and will likely be living in the Lower Mainland, possibly in North Vancouver, Vancouver or Bowen Island.

Daniel Justin Isto, 48, is the subject of an unusual public notification issued Wednesday by Corrections.

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In February 2018, Isto pled guilty in North Vancouver provincial court to sexually touching a nine-year-old girl, after being released from jail for a similar previous offence, and was sent back to prison for 18 months on top of six months spent previously in custody. He was also placed on the sex offender registry for life.

Isto was handed the federal jail term after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting the girl and to breaching the terms of a previous court order by attending a park where children were likely to be.

Isto had a previous criminal record for sexual touching of preteen girls.

In 2012, he was sentenced to two years and six months in jail for sexually abusing two 11-year-old girls. When the judge sentenced him in 2012, the man was deemed a “moderate risk” to reoffend.

The most recent offences happened despite Isto receiving sex offender treatment while in jail.

Corrections authorities noted this week that Isto is subject to close monitoring, and is subject to 18 court-ordered conditions. Among those, he must not go to any public park, public swimming area, community centre, school or playground where children under the age of 16 years are present.

He must stay away from volunteer work or employment involving contact with children under 16 and must not be alone in the presence of anyone under 16.

Isto is also banned from dating or being in a relationship with any person who has the care or access to children under the age of 16 years, must not consume alcohol or drugs and must not posess or access pornography.

The public is asked to call police if they observe Isto in violation of any of those conditions.

Isto is described as a Caucasian man with brown hair and blue eyes who is 5’4”and weighs 150 pounds.

According to BC Corrections, public notifications are issued when an offender has "an extensive and escalating criminal history and there is a high likelihood to reoffend violently and/or sexually."

Approval of the deputy Solicitor General and notification to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner is also required prior to the notification being issued.





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