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Brantford rapist escapes Kingston facility

A Brantford, Ont., man who raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl in the late 1990s has escaped from a Kingston halfway house, police warn.

David Maracle, 51, convicted rapist and long-term offender

A Brantford, Ont., man who raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl in the late 1990s has escaped from a Kingston halfway house, police warn.

David Maracle, 51, ran off from the Henry Trail Community Correctional Facility Sunday evening, police say.

"He is a dangerous individual, but we don't believe he is out specifically targeting anyone at this point," said Const. Cameron Mack, a spokesman for Kingston Police.

Maracle is a convicted rapist, who was jailed after sexually assaulting a woman in 1987, as well as two separate assaults on a Brantford teen in 1997.

He was declared a long-term offender in Hamilton Superior Court in 2009.

Maracle is described as a First Nations man, five feet 10 inches tall, about 200 pounds, with short, dark hair.

He was last seen wearing green and grey cargo pants, a white T-shirt, and a dark jacket and sweater.

"Kingston Police and OPP are making a combined effort to locate Maracle, but in the meantime are asking that members of the public remain vigilant," Kingston police said in a media alert.

"If you observe anyone who matches the above description and/or appears to be suspicious, please call 911."

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