James Cunningham

Habitual Sex offender James Cunningham back in Moncton jail for 90 days
2009 06 11
TIMES & TRANSCRIPT ,Moncton, New Brunswick

A 68-year-old man with a history of sexual offences against children was sent back to jail for 90 days this week after being charged with breach of an agreement to stay away from children.

James Cunningham appeared in court Tuesday, charged by RCMP with breaching the agreement he had signed when he moved to Moncton earlier this year, stating that he should not be in the company of children under the age of 14 without adult supervision.

He was arrested Monday at the Riverview Aquatic Centre — a public swimming pool attached to Riverview High School — in the company of young children.

A spokesman for the Codiac Regional RCMP said yesterday they could not release other details about Cunningham’s history because of privacy laws.

According to the National Parole Board, Cunningham has a long history of 10 sexual assaults against young children and served a sentence of at least four years after being convicted in 1994. 

According to a newspaper report from 2005, Cunningham was convicted in 1994 for assaults against six victims while he was a volunteer bus driver at the William F. Roberts School in Saint John between 1979 and 1983.

In 2005, Cunningham was convicted again for an assault against a young boy in the 1980s, when he was working as an announcer with the wrestling circuit. He had met the boy at the Lord Beaverbrook Arena in Saint John.

According to the newspaper report of a court appearance in 2005, Cunningham was described as a habitual sexual offender who had a history of abusing young boys and would often buy them chips and pop as a way to gain their trust.

He apparently moved to Moncton or Riverview this year and appeared in court on March 20 at the request of Codiac RCMP to sign a recognizance order.

Cunningham signed the agreement in court on March 20 of this year, and on April 3 police received a report that he had picked up an eight-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy from a home in Riverview. Their mother had consented to them receiving a drive from Cunningham.

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