A 22-year-old, convicted three years ago of sexually assaulting a Peterborough woman in her own home, has been released from prison and will be residing in Toronto.
Cole Burns (pictured) was released from custody on Thursday after having served a three-year sentence in connection with the 2012 attack, and Toronto Police say they’re concerned about his “potential to re-offend.”
The 22-year-old’s release is subject to several conditions, including:
- To report weekly to the Toronto Police Service
- Not to attend any daycare centre, school ground, playground, arcade, public swimming area, or public park
- Not to enter into any intimate relationship, cohabitation, marriage or common-law relationship with a female until that person has been identified to the Toronto Police Service
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Burns pleaded guilty in February 2013 to charges of sexual assault, break-and-enter, overcome resistance (choking), assault, and fail to attend court.
The victim, a 45-year-old woman, was sleeping on her couch in front of the television when Burns broke into her Peterborough home around 10 p.m. on September 26th, 2012. Court heard he had stopped by the woman’s house earlier in the evening, looking for someone who no longer lived at the address.
The attack was stopped in progress by Police who arrived on scene within minutes of the victim calling 911 before she was overpowered by the intruder.