Man charged with recording video of 6-year-old at Mississauga day camp was trying to become Peel cop

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Published August 3, 2023 at 3:24 pm

Mentor College in south Mississauga, where MC Day Camp is located.

A volunteer camp counsellor charged with recording a video of a six-year-old child as they used the washroom at a Mississauga day camp was in the process of becoming a Peel Regional Police officer.

At a media briefing this afternoon (Aug. 3), Peel police Acting Sgt. Sarah Patten said investigators are appealing to other parents to come forward if their children had similar experiences at MC Day Camp, located at Mentor College private school in the Hurontario St. and Lakeshore Rd. E. area of Port Credit.

Patten also told media that the 26-year-old Mississauga man facing child pornography and voyeurism charges in connection with the incident after being arrested on Wednesday was in the process of applying to become a Peel police officer.

That is no longer the case, she added.

Meanwhile, Patten said investigators have spoken with numerous concerned parents in the wake of the probe, which to this point is focused on an incident in which the young victim was recorded on video while using the day camp facilities sometime between last December and July of this year.

The child was recorded while “in a state of undress,” Patten added, noting the young victim subsequently told their parents what happened and they then contacted police.

Police now are asking other parents connected to the day camp to speak with their children to determine if other incidents need to be investigated.

Alexander Clarke, 26, of Mississauga, is charged. (Photo: Peel Regional Police)

Patten said communication between parents and their children is crucial as “a child of that age (range) or any young person” may be uncertain of what exactly took place in a given situation.

The camp counsellor facing charges has volunteered at the day camp since June 2018, police say.

Alexander Clarke, 26, of Mississauga, is charged with voyeurism, possession of child pornography, making child pornography and make available child pornography.

He was held for a bail hearing and will appear in Brampton court.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-453-2121, ext. 3490, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

According to the day camp’s website, it has been in operation since 1990 and is located at Mentor College, a private JK to Grade 12 school.

 

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