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Peterborough, Ont. police issue public safety warning after man’s release

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WATCH: Peterborough, Ont. police issue public safety warning after man's release following his arrest in June 2022 on weapons-related charges – Apr 27, 2023

The Peterborough Police Service has issued a notice for public safety following the release of a man with a history of targeting women.

Police say 20-year-old Austin DeMaeyer of Selwyn Township was sentenced and released Wednesday in connection with an incident on a Peterborough trail in June 2022.

Man on lifetime weapons ban found with bow and arrows on Peterborough trail: police

On June 22, 2022, police say they located DeMaeyer on a trail in the area of Nassau Mills and Armour roads. He was found in the bushes and in possession of a compound bow and arrows.

At the time DeMaeyer was serving a lifetime weapons prohibition and was under a prohibition order not to attend at any campground, parks, trails or hiking areas unless accompanied with an adult.

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At the time of his arrests he was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and two counts each of possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order and failure to comply with a probation order.

He has been in custody since his arrest, police noted.

Police say as part of his sentence on Wednesday, DeMaeyer was placed on a three-year probation order for failing to comply with the previous probation order to not possess any weapons.

Police in January 2022 announced they would no longer release the names of individuals accused of crimes unless it was considered essential to the investigation or a matter of public safety.

“Given the nature of the crimes, which includes a history of targeting women, we have chosen to release his name and photo,” police stated. “This release is being made in accordance with the provisions of the Ontario Police Service Act.”

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