Sex offender being released to Brampton area

After receiving information from Correctional Service of Canada and upon careful review of the issues of public safety, Peel Regional Police issued a Community Safety Advisory about an offender who resides in the Brampton area.

Madilyn Harks (formerly Matthew Harks), age 36, will be residing in the Main Street and Queen Street area of Brampton.  Harks has been subject to three convictions of Sexual Assault against young females under the age of eight.  Harks’ young victims have included neighbours and a fellow member of a church congregation.

Harks is subject to a Long Term Supervision Order with numerous conditions, including not to attend public swimming areas, day-cares, school grounds, playgrounds or community centres, or from being 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.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown didn’t hesitate to express thoughts on the matter.

“It is completely unacceptable that Matthew Harks (now Madilyn Harks), has been dumped by Correctional Service Canada in Brampton,” stated Brown. “This is a pedophile with multiple convictions including three convictions of sexual assault against girls under the age of 8 and this monster has claimed to have victimized 60 girls. The fact that Ms. Harks is in a half way house instead of jail is a clear example of our justice system is broken.”

Information received by Peel Regional Police indicates that Harks is at an elevated risk to re-offend. Peel Regional Police and Correctional Service of Canada will be working together to monitor Harks’ activities within the community.

This information is being issued to the public as a precautionary measure. Peel Regional Police strives to protect the public and values safety above all else. Members of the public are reminded that, although Madilyn Harks does present a safety risk to the public, she remains a Canadian citizen and her rights are guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As such, Peel Regional Police will act to protect these rights if they are infringed.

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. For more information on how to keep your children safe, visit Child and Teen Safety webpage.

Photo: Madilyn Harks (formerly Matthew Harks), age 36, will be residing in the Main Street and Queen Street area of Brampton.

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