Sex-Offender relocated in Kingston

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Foremsky is considered a dangerous sex offender.
Foremsky is considered a dangerous sex offender.
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Photo courtesy of Campus Security

A sex offender who attacked six women around the York University campus in 2000 has been relocated to Kingston, after his statutory release to a federal halfway house.

Philip Foremsky, 22, will complete the remainder of his sentence at Portsmouth Community Correctional Centre, a ten-minute drive from Stauffer library.

Foremsky was sentenced to five years in prison at age 18, after pleading guilty to groping, sexually assaulting and robbing women around the York campus in the summer of 2000.

His victims ranged in age from 22 to 48.

Joel Keenleyside, operations co-ordinator for Campus Security, said the University has expressed its concern about Foremsky’s relocation to a city with two universities and a college to the Correctional Services of Canada.

“[The University] has taken steps to build awareness on campus of this situation to ensure that members of the Queen’s community are able to make informed decisions about their safety,” Keenleyside said.

Foremsky is described as five-foot-six, 126 pounds with short dark brown hair, hazel eyes and has several tattoos.

Diane Russon, Correctional Services of Canada representative, said the decision to relocate Foremsky was a difficult one considering most halfway houses are in metropolitan areas with colleges or universities.

“We have to look at the needs of the community and the offender’s needs,” she said.

There are three similar halfway houses in Ontario, one in Toronto and the other in Hamilton, Russon explained.

Residents at the Portsmouth Correctional Centre have to sign in and out and the house is supervised 24 hours-a-day.

Foremsky is escorted when he leaves the house, Russon said.

“We feel confident in our release plan,” she said. “The goal of this period of time is to integrate him back into the community.”

After Kingston Police issued a public alert on Aug. 10 about Foremsky’s release from prison, Campus Security provided students with an e-mail containing a photograph and a physical description of the offender.

Sarah Fleming, head manager of Walkhome said walks have been up since the release.

“Whenever campus security releases an alert walks go up,” she said.

Keenleyside said Campus Security will re-issue the alert to all students following orientation week to educate new students about the situation.

Security also posted the information on their security bulletin boards and have placed Foremsky’s photo in high-traffic areas around campus.

“There are a number of safety systems and programs already in place for members of the University community,” said Keenleyside, referring to Walkhome’s escort service and Campus Security’s own escort service, which provides service after Walkhome’s hours of operation.

Campus Security is also offering two self defence courses that teach the rape aggression defense system to women. The courses will begin in Sept. and Oct. and require a $10 deposit that will be returned upon completion of the course. For more information visit www.queensu.ca/security.

—With files from Canadian Press

Safety Resources

Kingston Police: 549-4660

Walkhome: 533-WALK

Escorted walks for students from dusk to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and dusk to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday

Campus Security: 533-6111

Offers escorted transportation to students during times that Walkhome is not open.

Sexual Assault Crisis Centre: 544-6424 or TDD 544-6424

Provides a 24-hour crisis and support line.

Telephone Aid Link Kingston: 544-1771

Confidential service for those seeking someone to talk to.

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