The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has sent the following letter of concern to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services this afternoon regarding the placement of Sarah Dahle in Lemington. Dahle is a registered sex offender who has been placed in an alternative care home that backs onto the Catholic grade school in Leamington. School officials and parents are both alarmed by this, prompting the following letter to be sent.
We are writing to express the concern of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board and the parents and school community of St. Louis Catholic Elementary School in Leamington, Ontario, at the placement of Ms. Sarah Dahle, a registered sex offender, at an alternative care home on Talbot Street East, Leamington, as part of the terms of her release from custody.
Ms. Dahle is a convicted and registered sex offender. The Ontario Provincial Police have publicly stated that she is a high risk to reoffend.
The rear yard of the alternative care home where Ms. Dahle has been placed abuts the school yard of St. Louis Catholic Elementary School. Ms. Dahle’s crimes involved child sexual exploitation.
The Board submits that the placement of Ms. Dahle in immediate proximity to the school is inappropriate and violates the intention and spirit of S. 161 of the Criminal Code which has as its purpose the protection of children by limiting access or contact by the offender. The Board also submits that this is a health and safety issue.
Therefore, the Board is respectfully requesting the immediate relocation of Ms. Dahle to a more appropriate placement where she would be less likely to have access to or contact with children.