Police issue public safety alert over sex offender moving to Hamilton
Keith Theodore Constantin moving in by Gage Park, police announced Friday
A man who has been convicted of sexual assault with a weapon, assault with a weapon and a slew of other crimes including possession of explosives is moving in near Gage Park, police announced Friday.
Police Chief Glenn De Caire says he’s telling people about Keith Theodore Constantin because he is a danger to re-offend. “In our commitment to public safety, I am exercising my discretion to notify the public that Mr. Constantin will be residing in the city of Hamilton,” De Caire said in a news release.
According to a Hamilton Spectator report from 2009, Constantin sexually assaulted a woman in a basement apartment of his parents' Hamilton home on Sept. 9, 2007. He punched her in the chest and head, held a knife to her and tried to bind her wrists with wire, the report reads.
When she cried out, he told the woman, "Shut up, or I will kill you."
He was scheduled to go on trial in 2009 for sexual assault with a weapon, assault with a weapon and breaching a peace bond. The trial was called off because the 27-year-old complainant suffered seizures because of the stress of the trial and ended up in hospital on a suicide watch.
He was also convicted in 2000 of sexually assaulting a young boy and of sexually assaulting a 45-year-old blind woman in separate incidents.
Constantin accepted a plea deal that saw him sentenced to the equivalent of an eight-year prison term. He was given credit for time served in pretrial custody. Constantin was also placed on the national sex-offender registry for life and his DNA profile was entered into Canada's criminal databank. He is prohibited for life from possessing weapons and it was ordered that he serve at least half his sentence before he could apply for parole.
Constantin was released from custody on Wednesday. He is bound by a court order to a number of conditions, including:
Not to be alone with anyone under the age of 16 unless that person is accompanied by a responsible adult over 18 years old.
Not to be present at any day care, swimming area and/or public swimming area, school ground or playground where one might reasonably expect children to be present or any community centre where children are present.
Abstain absolutely from the possession, purchase or consumption of drugs, narcotics, controlled substances or marijuana, expect in accordance with a medical prescription.
Abstain absolutely from the possession, purchase or consumption of alcohol or alcohol-based products.
Anyone with information about Constantin related to those conditions is asked to call police at 905-546-3832 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.