Police are warning the public that a convicted pedophile deemed to be at a high risk to reoffend has been released from prison in California and plans to live in Vancouver.

Gilles Joseph Philip Godin, 55, also known as Michael Therrian, poses a risk of significant harm to the safety of children in Vancouver, police said in a release.

Godin spent 22 years in jail for sex offences against boys under 14.

He was designated a sexually violent predator in California from March 1998 to February 2010.