A convicted sex offender who has a high risk of re-offending is settling into a home in the Greater Toronto Area. In light of this, Ontario police are now warning the public that a convicted sex offender is moving into a neighbourhood in the GTA and to exercise caution if you encounter them. Peel Regional Police issued a Community Safety Advisory to the public today on Friday, March 22.
The Peel police are now warning locals that 36-year-old Madilyn Harks, formerly Matthew Harks, will be moving into the Main Street and Queen Street area in Brampton, Ontario.
She is a sex offender that has been convicted on three different occasions for sexually assaulting girls that are younger than 8 years old. Harks sexually assaulted neighbours and even another member of her church.
Harks has a high risk of re-offending. "Information received by Peel Regional Police indicates that Harks is at an elevated risk to re-offend," reads the news release. "Peel Regional Police and Correctional Service of Canada will be working together to monitor Harks’ activities within the community."
The Peel police have released a photo of the convicted sex offender on their website. You can view it below and police say to exercise caution if you do see her in your neighbourhood.
Harks has several restrictions imposed upon as she begins her life in Brampton. She is under a Long Term Supervision Order and is not allowed to be in several areas, such as public swimming areas, day-cares, school grounds, and playgrounds or community centres.
She also cannot be in "the presence of any children under the age of 14 unless accompanied by a responsible adult who has been approved by her parole supervisor," says the Peel police.
The police are now warning locals to be careful if they do see Harks. "Peel Regional Police are advising the public to use caution if they encounter Harks and parents should be cognizant of their children’s activities and aware of the individuals with whom they are associating," reads the release.
Police say that they issued the Community Safety Advisory as a precautionary effort. To read the full Community Safety Advisory from the Peel Regional Police, you can visit their website.