Recently released high-risk sex offender rearrested in Mississauga

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Published May 1, 2023 at 8:04 pm

Joseph Faulkner, 30, is a convicted sex offender living in Mississauga.

A recently released offender, who was deemed at a “high risk” to re-offend, has been arrested after allegedly doing just that.

Joseph Faulkner, 30, had previously been convicted of several sexual offenses and breaching release conditions. With his sentence due to soon expire, Faulkner was released into society on Apr. 2 on statutory release.

Under Canadian law, anyone convicted of a crime is released under strict supervision into the public after serving two-thirds of their sentence. After Faulkner’s release, he settled into a home near Dundas St. and Confederation Pkwy., a residential neighbourhood in Cooksville.

At the time he was under release orders to keep away from children under 16 years old unless accompanied by an adult approved by his probation officer. Following a Ministry of Solicitor General and a review of public safety issues Peel Regional Police announced a public safety advisory to area residents on Apr. 6.

The information police gleaned from the report indicated Faulkner is at “elevated risk of re-offending” and officers will “be working to monitor his activities within the community.”

“Peel Regional Police are releasing this information to the public as a precautionary measure. Our service strives to protect the public and values safety above all else,” police said at the time, “Although Joseph Faulkner presents a safety risk to the public, he remains a Canadian citizen, and his 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.”

They’ve also warned the public to be cautious if they encounter Faulkner, saying “Parents should be mindful of their children’s activities and aware of the individuals they associate with.”

Police had been “closely monitoring” Faulkner since his release and on Apr. 26 arrested him again on charges of theft and three counts of breaching probation orders. However, investigators have not shared the circumstances of these new allegations such as what they believe Faulkner stole.

Faulkner remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing at the Brampton courthouse.

Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation can call the Offender Management Unit at (905) 453–2121, ext. 7752 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

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