TORONTO — A Toronto neighbourhood already reeling the slaying and dismemberment of a 10-year-old girl got another jolt when police said it is home to as many as 200 “potential sex offenders.” Residents of the west-end, working-class area where Holly Jones lived until her Monday evening disappearance were in shock yesterday after police said 200 people who live within three kilometres of Holly’s home appear on Ontario’s sex offender registry.
This is an unspeakable tragedy that hits even closer to home because our daughter goes to school not too far away. Knowing that a predator is loose, on top of 200+ sex offenders within a small area, is very concerning. Charlene was toying with the idea of moving into that general area. She’s now lost all interest. When I first heard the 200 figure, I naively thought that must be for all of Toronto. It’s not. It’s within a small circle of a very large city – a circle that’s not too far from where my daughter spends a good chunk of her day. I drove by Holly’s street this morning. I think I’ll be feeling pretty sober the rest of today.