Convicted Sex Offender Living in Brampton Area: Police

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Police say that a woman who was convicted of sexually assaulting young girls is going to be living in Brampton.

Peel police say that, after receiving information from the Correctional Service of Canada and upon careful review of the issues of public safety, they are issuing a community safety advisory about an offender who now resides in the Brampton area.

Police say 36-year-old Madilyn Harks (formerly Matthew Harks), will be living in the Main Street and Queen Street area.

Police say Harks has been convicted 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, police say.

Harks is subject to a long term supervision order with numerous conditions. Harks is prohibited from attending public swimming areas, daycares, school grounds, playgrounds and community centres. She has also been barred 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.

Police say Harks is at an elevated risk to reoffend, and that Peel police and the Correctional Service of Canada will be working together to monitor Harks' activities within the community.

Police are warning residents not to endanger Harks in any way.

"This information is being issued to the public as a precautionary measure," police said in a statement.

"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."

Police are advising the public to use caution if they encounter Harks, adding that parents should be cognizant of their children's activities and aware of the individuals with whom they are associating.

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