City Council Passes Motion Requesting Sex Offender Be Removed from Brampton


Council has voted on a motion that would request that a convicted sex offender moving into Brampton be removed from the city.

On Friday, March 22, police advised the public that 36-year-old Madilyn Harks (formerly Matthew Harks) would be living in the Main Street and Queen Street area.

Harks has been convicted of sexual assault against young females under the age of eight, and was deemed to be at an elevated risk to re-offend.

"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," police said.

In a council meeting on Wednesday, March 27, a motion was passed to have the city file a formal complaint with Correctional Service Canada to demand Harks be reincarcerated or relocated from Brampton to another community.

The motion was moved by Mayor Patrick Brown and seconded by Regional Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon, with the reasoning that “Brampton residents are extremely upset and concerned regarding the federal government’s decision to release this pedophile into our community.”

This motion follows an angry letter Mayor Brown wrote on Saturday, March 23 in which he calls Harks a monster and says her living in the city is completely unacceptable.

"This is a pedophile with multiple convictions including 3 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 [how] our justice system is broken,” Brown wrote to Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale.

A copy of the motion’s resolution will be forwarded to Brampton Members of Parliament, Ralph Goodale, and Chris McCord, Interim Chief of Peel Regional Police.

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