Toronto police say a convicted sex offender described as a high risk to re-offend used the Internet to lure a 14-year-old girl before he sexually assaulted her in a west-end hotel.
Hassan Steven Jarrar, 41, was arrested on Feb. 4 and charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, extortion, access to child pornography, possession of child pornography, making child pornography, luring a child and failing to comply with his conditions.
He had been released from prison in June 2012 after serving 15 years on numerous violent offences.
At the time, police called Jarrar a high risk to re-offend and released a community safety bulletin warning the public he was now free.
On Friday, Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said Jarrar breached his curfew and first made contact with the girl on Jan. 1. The sexual assault occurred on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, police allege.
“It is alleged the male extorted the young girl into meeting him in person,” Beaven-Desjardins said.
He then allegedly sexually assaulted her at a hotel near The Queensway and Royal York Road.
Police believe there may have been other cases where Jarrar used the Internet to lure young women and are asking people to come forward. Beaven-Desjardins is also asking parents to educate themselves and their children about evolving technology.
“Sexual predators surf media looking for a victim they can abuse,” she said.
“Predators will misrepresent themselves and morph into what they believe the victim wants.”
Jarrar was convicted for a 1997 sexual assault.
After a “vicious sexual assault,” Jarrar left that woman’s “near-lifeless body in a remote area near Lake Ontario. She remained in hospital for several months,” Beaven-Desjardins said.