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Toronto police issue warning after man convicted of sex assaults released from prison

A man with a history of sexual assaults against children has been released from prison and Toronto police are warning the public there is a potential he could reoffend.

Richard Patterson, 48, was released on Sunday, Sept. 20 after serving a one-year sentence for sexual assault.

Police say he will be residing in Toronto and has prior convictions for sexual assault, sexual interference, and failing to comply with court-ordered conditions.

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Toronto man charged with child luring

A 47-year-old Toronto man was arrested Thursday for allegedly luring a child, Toronto Police said.

The man was taken into custody at Pearson International Airport attempting to board a plane, police said Saturday.

The joint-investigation by the Toronto Police Service and United States Homeland Security allegedly discovered the man communicating with children online on topics of a sexual nature. He had also arranged to meet with the child, who is under 16 years old, in person and had made plans to meet the child in person, police alleged.

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Alberta town erupts in controversy over school mural of two boys kissing

The town of Onoway, population 1,039, is embroiled in a controversy over a mural painted by a student on the walls of its high school depicting two teenaged boys in a lip-locked embrace.

Sixteen-year-old Kaela Wilton reportedly received permission from both the principal, James Trodden, and the art and "inclusive education" teacher, Mrs. C. Walker, to paint the mural on the walls of Onoway Jr/Sr High School.

Wilton explained that she painted the approved mural to show support for homosexualism, and that she believes kissing is "just natural."

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Human trafficking ring stretched from Atlantic Canada to Alberta, fuelled by demand for underage girls: police

They came from the eastern shores of Canada, were born in its biggest city, are native to its oil-rich western province.

Some as young as 15, they hail from backgrounds as varied as their hometown geography. Affluent, poor or middle class, police say these girls were all recruited from dance clubs, group homes and even schools.

Wooed by pimps, then forced into sex work, they became victims of a massive human trafficking ring fuelled by the incessant demand for underage girls.

They were shuffled between hotels and motels around Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, London and Kitchener, and flown or driven to Winnipeg and Edmonton and back again. They were forced to service 10 to 15 clients a day, and beaten if they didn't turn a big enough profit.

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Former Scout leader charged in historic sex assaults

A former Scouts Canada leader is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting two young children in their Leslieville home more than a decade ago.

Toronto Police claim the historic sex assaults occurred in the area of Queen St. E. and Jones Ave. between 1992 and 2003.

"It is alleged that a man befriended a family and was invited into their home," Const. David Hopkinson said Wednesday.

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