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Photo by Mike Pearson

Photo by Mike Pearson

A poster warning passersby of convicted sex offender Keith Constantin is shown in front of a play structure at Sherwood Park, just off Fruitland Road.

Petition demanding removal of sex offender Keith Constantin nears 2,500 signatures

A petition demanding the removal of convicted sex offender Keith Constantin from a Stoney Creek neighbourhood is nearing 2,500 signatures.

Posters have been placed throughout the Fruitland Road area warning residents about Constantin, who was released on July 23. Hamilton police say he now lives in the area.

Constantin has had previous convictions for sexually assaulting a boy in a park, as well as a blind woman in a second-floor lodging home, and convictions for robbery and possession of explosives.

Constantin’s release comes just three months after the Parole Board of Canada indicated the sex offender, by his own admission, still carries urges of reoffending against young women and children.

The parole board’s concerns are outlined in an article by the Hamilton Spectator’s Susan Clairmont. According to the article, the board addressed Constantin and stated: “Aggravating the board’s concerns regarding your risk is your own view about the urges you have of reoffending against young women and children, your thoughts of ending a victim’s life and your own assertions that no one would be safe around you.”

Constantin is described as white, five feet nine inches talls and weighs 240 pounds, with a heavy build and short brown hair.

Earlier this week, Stoney Creek councillors called upon residents to follow their inner city comrades and force Constantin out of the Fruitland Road area. The 35-year-old initially planned to live in the Gage Park area before moving to Stoney Creek.

“I’m very concerned about the children in the neighbourhoods,” said Ward 10 councillor Maria Pearson. “There is Saltfleet soccer and Sherwood Park where children are playing. Yet there is nothing we can do about it. He has served his sentence.”

Ward 11 councillor Brenda Johnson said residents want Constantin placed in a secure facility.

But Hamilton police have indicated that because Constantin has served his full sentence, he must be released.

In 2007, police obtained a peace bond to restrict Constantin’s movements fearing he might hurt someone. He does have a number of conditions to his release including not to be alone with anyone under the age of 16 years unless accompanied by an adult; not to be present at any daycare, swimming area, school ground or playground; and he is prevented from possessing, or consuming any alcohol and drugs.

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