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Registered Sex Offender arrested in University District for prowling at night

Photo by Daniel Tastard Homer.

Kingston Police and City of Kingston Bylaw Enforcement kept the streets clear in the University District this past weekend. Over 120 charges were laid through the University District Safety Initiative (UDSI), and four major incidents were reported by Kingston Police in a release dated Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.

Police said that, over the weekend, a registered sex offender was arrested and charged after they received multiple calls from female residents in the University District.

At approximately 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in the 200-block of Alfred Street, a female complainant called Kingston Police regarding an unknown male standing at her back porch, appearing as if he had an interest in gaining entry. She provided a description and officers were dispatched to her location, according to Kingston Police. Initially, the male could not be located, but minutes later police received a second call about a male prowling in the area of Johnson Street and Alfred Street, matching the same description and last seen cycling east on Johnson Street.

Officers continued to search for the male, and located him riding south in the 200-block of University Avenue, when he ducked into an alleyway between two houses, according to the release. He was located and, upon verifying his identity, it was ascertained the 31-year-old was listed as being on the provincial Sex Offender Registry (SOR) for past criminal convictions of a sexual nature.

The male had conditions to notify the local sex offender registry (SOR) manager, a Kingston Police officer in the Special Services Unit, of any change of address, according to police. When he was attempting to show police an email of his correspondence with the SOR manager regarding his address on his phone, one of the officers noticed he had images on the mobile device that appeared to have been taken through a window into an unknown residence bedroom, police said.

Officers arrested the male on scene for the offence of prowl by night. Police said upon being transported to the police station he began smashing his head off the Plexiglas, causing it to break, adding an additional charge of mischief.

He attended a bail hearing the following day and was remanded into custody to await a future court date, according to the release. The occurrence was assigned to a detective to further investigate, seek judicial authorization to access the accused’s cell phone for further evidence, determine which properties he may have accessed, and if there are any additional applicable charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kevin Closs at [email protected], or 613-549-4660 ext. 6302. As the accused is listed on the Sex Offender Registry, police will not be releasing his name due to regulations under the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA), which makes it an offence to identify a person on the database.


Kingston Police and Bylaw Enforcement responded to a total of 210 noise complaints from Friday through to Sunday (Sept 24-26, 2021) in the University District. Total charges and penalties between the two agencies were:

  • 6 Criminal Code charges
    • 2 obstruct police
    • 2 breaches of release conditions
    • 1 mischief
    • 1 prowl by night
  • 41 Liquor Licence Act offences
    • 40 open alcohol
    • 1 public intoxication arrest and charge
  • 61 aggravated nuisance party AMPs
  • 13 amplified sound AMPs
  • 2 obstruct AMPs

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