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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Leave it to Children's Aid to have Children around Sex Offenders, Leave it to Police to give Sex Offenders the heads up so they can escape!


Former Children’s 
Aid Society 
volunteer (former 
until he got 
caught) sought on 
sex charges
TORONTO - A 54-year-old volunteer driver wanted for sexually 
assaulting a 15-year-old girl may have fled the country, Peel 
Regional Police said Wednesday.
The man volunteered for Milestone Foster Homes, the Peel 
Children’s Aid Society and the Toronto Catholic Children’s Aid 
Society, driving children in their care to appointments throughout 
the Greater Toronto Area, police said.
Investigators spoke with the man and arrangements were made for 
him to turn himself in on April 5, but he failed to show up.
Police have received information that the accused may have fled 
the country the next day.
Executive director Mary A. McConville said there is no record of 
the man volunteering for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of 
Ontario but that he was a volunteer driver at Milestone Foster 
Homes, where some CCAS children and youth are placed.
McConville said. “At CCAS, we do rely on our volunteers to 
provide important support to our children, youth and families, 
however before this takes place, volunteers must go through a 
rigorous screening process involving vulnerable sector check, 
interviews and reference checks before they are permitted to 
engage with our children and youth,” McConville said.
Lucie Baistrocchi, the director of communications at Peel 
Children’s Aid, said the accused was a volunteer driver for the past 
four months who had applied, provided references and been vetted 
through an interview process which included a vulnerable person 
police record check.
“This is very troubling for us,” Baistrocchi said adding the 
volunteer hiring procedure is being reviewed “to ensure the best 
possible process.”
“We are thoroughly investigating his past drives and the children 
and youth he might have driven. We want to ensure the children 
and youth are safe.”
Mehdi Mirza Ali, 54, of Brampton, is wanted on several sex-related 
charges including invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference, 
sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
Police believe there might be other victims and are asking the 
public to report any similar inappropriate sexual contact they may 
have had with the accused.
Anyone with information as to Ali’s whereabouts or any other 
possible victims should call Peel Regional Police’s special victims 
unit at 905-453-2121, ext. 3460, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-
222-TIPS (8477), visit peelcrimestoppers.ca or text “PEEL”, 
followed by your tip, to CRIMES (274637).
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